|TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Bloods gang leader was sentenced to state prison today for leading a major narcotics network in Camden that was dismantled through Operation City Wide, a cooperative investigation by state, county, local and federal agencies. His uncle was also sentenced today for his role in the drug network.
Kyle Ogletree, 29, of Camden, a reputed five-star general in the G-Shine Bloods, was sentenced today to 15 years in state prison, including nearly 13 years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal in Camden. Ogletree pleaded guilty on Feb. 4 to first-degree racketeering, admitting that he led a criminal enterprise that distributed large quantities of cocaine, heroin and PCP in South Camden. Ogletree admitted that he personally distributed large amounts of cocaine and PCP, and possessed a handgun in the course of a narcotics offense. He also admitted laundering money.
Supervising Deputy Attorney General Jill Mayer prosecuted the case and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.
“Drug networks like the one led by Kyle Ogletree, which rely on guns and the threat of gang retaliation to control their turf, are at the heart of the violence plaguing Camden,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “This multi-agency investigation dismantled Ogletree’s criminal enterprise and is sending him to prison for many years.”
“As this case demonstrates, we continue to target and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations operating in Camden,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We are committed to working with local and county law enforcement, as well as our state and federal partners, to protect the residents of Camden from violent, organized criminal syndicates.”
Kyle Ogletree’s uncle, Sean Ogletree, 35, of Philadelphia, was also sentenced today by Judge Natal to seven years in prison, including 3 ½ years of parole ineligibility. He pleaded guilty on Sept. 19, 2011 to second-degree racketeering for assisting in the criminal enterprise.
Kyle Ogletree and 13 other defendants were named in a Nov. 3, 2011 indictment charging them with first-degree racketeering. Most of the 14 defendants named in the indictment have pleaded guilty, and two additional defendants have pleaded guilty to accusations. The criminal network operated multiple open-air drug markets in South Camden. The investigation revealed a well-defined chain of command, in which “set managers” were used to insulate the leader, Ogletree, from the street-level dealers or “trappers.”
Operation City Wide was led by the Division of Criminal Justice, with assistance from the Camden Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, State Department of Corrections, Cherry Hill Police Department, Magnolia Police Department, Pennsauken Police Department, Philadelphia Police, New Jersey State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and National Guard.
The investigation was conducted for the Division of Criminal Justice by Detective Peppi Pichette and Detective Brian Woolston, who were the Case Detectives, and Sgt. Andrea Salvatini, Sgt. James Nelson, Lt. John Torrey, and Deputy Chief Al Buecker, who supervised the case.