Asbury Park street crime suspects arrested

February 14, 2014 1:37:31 PM PST
Authorities in Monmouth County have arrested 31 people in a crackdown on violent street crimes dubbed "Operation Dead End."

Those arrested include several alleged members of criminal street gangs operating in Asbury Park, as well as an Asbury Park police officer.


The six-month investigation began last summer in conjunction with other efforts focused on stemming violent street crimes and firearms offenses in Asbury Park.

During the investigation, investigators say members of the "Crips" and "Bloods" criminal street gangs and their conspirators based their criminal activities out of two dead end streets in Asbury Park ? Dewitt Avenue, as well as a dead end section of Jersey Street in the Washington Village Public Housing Complex.

The investigation discovered members of the gangs conspired to commit several different firearms-related offenses, including unlawfully possessing firearms and transferring guns among various members of the organization.

The investigation also found suspects distributed narcotics, including crack cocaine, heroin, and a synthetic substance known as "molly," a form of Ecstasy, and acted together on numerous occasions to commit organized thefts, burglaries, and at least one robbery involving firearms.

As part of the investigation, prosecutors say Patrolman Keith German, 45, of Tinton Falls, a 16-year veteran officer of the Asbury Park Police Department, was arrested and charged with official misconduct and unauthorized access of a computer database.

Two of the allegedl leaders of the criminal enterprise ? James Fair and Altyreek Leonard, both of Asbury Park ? are accused of conspiring with several other members of the criminal enterprise, to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and "molly" in the Asbury Park area. Fair and Leonard were also charged with promoting organized street crime for their roles in directing others to commit crimes. Fair was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.