- Associated Press - Monday, September 25, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A street gang member has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy that involved attempted murder and a conspiracy to distribute heroin.

The sentence imposed Monday also calls for Laquan Reed to serve five years of supervised release once he’s freed.

Federal prosecutors say the 28-year-old Montclair resident, also known as “Drama,” is a ranking member of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods. He admitted committing a series of violent crimes between 2007 and 2011 to advance the gang’s objectives.

Reed admitted conspiring with other gang members to kill a rival gang member in August 2011 and was involved in a shootout in an attempt to kill that person. Reed also admitted conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.

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