by Patricia A. Miller
A member of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the Bloods street gang was sentenced to state prison today for conspiring to murder another member of the gang in 2006, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.
Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mark Fleming sentenced Monaud Toussaint, 29, aka "Little Damu" of Little Egg Harbor to ten years in state prison, with 8.5 years of parole ineligibility, Hoffman said.
Toussaint pleaded guilty on July 8, 2013, to conspiracy to commit murder. He admitted that he conspired with other members of the Nine Trey Gangsters to murder fellow gang member Almeen Palmer in 2006.
A high-ranking gang member had ordered that Palmer be murdered for violating the rules of the gang and trying to join another Bloods set. The State Police learned of the murder plot and, together with members of the Atlantic City Police Department, interrupted a meeting of gang members who were involved, making arrests and seizing guns, authorities said.
“Through Operation Nine Connect, we put nearly 50 members of this violent street gang behind bars for lengthy state prison sentences,” said Hoffman. “Not only did we protect the public from untold future acts of violence, we put an abrupt halt to a specific murder plot that this defendant and others were fully prepared to carry out.”
Toussaint was among 48 defendants indicted in June 2007 as a result of a joint investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice called “Operation Nine Connect.”
“Operation Nine Connect exemplifies how the Division of Criminal Justice and the State Police work in partnership with other agencies to target the leaders and the most dangerous members of violent criminal syndicates operating in New Jersey,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “These operations are designed to protect public safety in New Jersey.”
The Division of Criminal Justice Gangs and Organized Crime Bureau has obtained guilty pleas from all but a few of the defendants named in the indictment. One leader of the gang, Michael Smart, 31, of Irvington, was tried in January 2009, convicted and sentenced to 70 years in state prison, including 46 years of parole ineligibility. The other defendants received sentences of between five and 16 years in state prison, authorities said.