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08-13-2009, 04:53 PM
Bloods ringleader being sought by authorities (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/union_county_authorities_hunt.html)

Union County authorities search for alleged ringleader of Bloods street gang

UNION COUNTY -- Union County authorities are hunting for a Bloods ringleader who they say keeps giving them the slip but operated an aggressive drug ring out of Elizabeth that netted about $700,000 a week.


The elusive Luqman Abdullah, 27, has an extensive criminal history that includes 15 arrests and seven felony convictions for burglary, resisting arrest, manufacturing and distributing drugs, possession of an assault firearm and aggravated assault, authorities said.

He is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous.

rose to prominence on the streets of Elizabeth after he helped kidnap a rival drug dealer in 2003, stuffed the man into the trunk of his car and shot him, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow. He and three other Bloods members sprayed bullets into the trunk, shut it and left the Dodge Intrepid parked on the street, authorities said.

The victim survived and was discovered the next day by a truck driver who heard cries from the trunk.

Abdullah served jail time in connection with that shooting, but when he was released he allegedly further tightened his control of the cocaine trade in Elizabeth, then expanded into Newark neighborhood. Anyone selling cocaine on his turf had to purchase it from him, or face violent retaliation, authorities said.

Last November, authorities raided several of Abdullah's alleged stash houses, arresting 15 people and recovering more than three kilos of cocaine, more than $80,000 in cash and a collection of guns that included a stolen AK-47 assau
lt rifle, according to Romankow. Authorities said Abdullah was not found during the raids. The drug ring allegedly had been operating in Essex and Union counties and distributed at least two kilos of cocaine every week, with a street value of $350,000 per kilo.

The night of April 23, 2009, law enforcement officers attempted to arrest Abdullah in the parking lot of a mall in Edison. But Abdullah, a former Elizabeth high school track star and college football player, led police on a swift foot-chase through the mall parking lot, dashing across six lanes of traffic and into a large apartment complex, where officers said he disappeared in the dark amid dozens of buildings.

Authorities could not say why Abdullah allegedly went from athlete to drug ring operator. Nor could they say how Abdullah has managed to keep hiding from them.

But since the parking lot incident, he may have surfaced one other time. Authorities said Abdullah was spotted by several witnesses and informants at a Hot 9
7 Summer Jam concert in June. He apparently was sitting in the third row of at the concert, which was attended by 50,000 people.

Abdullah has been charged with racketeering, maintaining a narcotics production facility and numerous drug and weapons offenses. Once arrested, authorities said he will be held on $5 million bail.

Union County Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and indictment of Abdullah.

12-31-2012, 07:24 AM

N.J. Bloods Gang Leader Surrenders After Lengthy Manhunt
December 30, 2012 4:51 PM

ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The leader of a Bloods street gang in New Jersey turned himself in to authorities this weekend, and was ordered held on $5 million charges bail on charges that he ran a major drug ring.

Luqman Abdullah, 31, was charged with first-degree racketeering and first-degree maintaining a narcotics production facility, as well as several drug and weapon offenses, Union County, N.J. prosecutors said Sunday.

Abdullah allegedly ran a major drug ring in Elizabeth, and was involved along with three other men in the shooting of a rival drug dealer in the trunk of his car, prosecutors said.

Abdullah and his alleged accomplices were convicted in the shooting, but afterward, he gained what prosecutors called a “bloody stranglehold” on the cocaine trade in Elizabeth and later Newark.

“Anyone who sold cocaine on Abdullah’s turf had to purchase it from him or face violent retaliation,” Union County prosecutors said.

Abdullah was convicted again for possession of a machine gun and cocaine in his Newark apartment in 2006, prosecutors said. His co-defendant in that case was later gunned down in Newark, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors did not specify the sentences Abdullah received for the crimes, or how he ended up back on the street in such a short time.

The Union County Narcotics Strike Force started probing Abdullah’s drug operation in November 2008, and raided several Newark apartments the following year that contained only drugs, guns and equipment to cut and process cocaine.

Prosecutors said the drug ring, which operated in Essex and Union counties, put at least two kilos of cocaine on the street every week, with a street value of $350,000 per kilo.

In their probe of the ring, Operation Red Zone, police arrested 21 associates and seized over $80,000 in drug proceeds, as well as an AK-47 stolen from North Carolina, three handguns and “massive” amounts of cocaine.

In April 2009, police tried to arrest Abdullah in the parking lot of a mall in Edison, N.J. But the former Elizabeth High School track star and college football player led officers on a chase through the mall parking lot, across a busy six-lane road, and into an apartment complex where he ultimately got away.

Afterward, police obtained a warrant and launched an all-out search that was even featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” prosecutors said.

Abdullah’s criminal history includes 15 prior arrests and seven convictions for a variety of crimes.

The Bobster
11-11-2016, 05:13 AM

Jury Finds 'Most Wanted' NJ Drug Kingpin Guilty
The 34-year-old was a fugitive on America's Most Wanted list for three years until he turned himself into authorities in 2012
Published 2 hours ago | Updated 44 minutes ago
An Elizabeth drug kingpin who became one of the nation's most wanted fugitives was found guilty of all 19 criminal charges levied against him on Thursday following a two-month trial, the Union County Prosecutor's Office said.

Luqman Abdullah, of Elizabeth, was convicted by a Union County jury Thursday after four days of deliberation, authorities said. He was convicted of a number of charges including first-degree maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, three second-degree weapons offenses, and third-degree money laundering.

The 34-year-old was the primary target of a five-month joint investigation executed by New Jersey State Police and the FBI in 2009, prosecutors said. Officers discovered nearly seven pounds of cocaine, over 800 folds of heroin, three firearms and various drug paraphernalia.

After he was featured on "America's Most Wanted" in November 2009, he surrendered himself to authorities in December 2012.

Abdullah has an extensive criminal background that includes seven felony convictions for crimes ranging from aggravated assault, to burglary, to other drug and weapons offenses. He was also convicted in an incident where he and others kidnapped, shot, and killed a rival drug dealer.

Abdullah will be sentenced on January 6, 2017. The State of New Jersey intends to file a motion for an extended term that could result in a life sentence in state prison.