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Rap Battle Legend 'Tsu Surf' Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Firearms Charges|Faces 30 Years .

 

Rahjon Cox, also known as "Tsu Surf," a member of the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips, has pleaded guilty to his role in a racketeering conspiracy and possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. The guilty plea was made via videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton on April 27, 2023. The charges were brought forth by U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Cox was a leader within the criminal enterprise, responsible for acts of violence and the distribution of controlled substances in New Jersey and other places from 2015 through September 22, 2022. On March 18, 2017, Cox fired a gun at a gang rival. On July 24, 2019, in Essex County, New Jersey, Cox, a convicted felon, was found in possession of two loaded firearms.


The racketeering conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, while the charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Both counts are also punishable by a fine of up to $250,000. The sentencing is scheduled for September 12, 2023.


This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF is a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach aimed at identifying, disrupting, and dismantling the highest-level criminal organizations that pose a threat to the United States. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.


"The Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives special agents worked played an instrumental role in the investigation that led to Cox's guilty plea. Marshal Juan Mattos and the U.S. Marshals Service, Police Division Director Tracy Bowers and the Irvington Police Department, Acting Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé and the Newark Police Department, Director of Public Safety Samuel A. DeMaio and the Bloomfield Police Department, Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Phyllis L. Bindi and the East Orange Police Department, Police Director Earl J. Graves and the Elizabeth Police Department, Chief of Police Tom Bryan and the Edison Police Department, Col. Patrick J. Callahan and the New Jersey State Police, Prosecutor William A. Daniel and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Chief Philip Corbisiero and the Spotswood Police Department, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Fugitive and Missing Person Task Force, which includes members of the FBI, also provided crucial assistance in the investigation."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori of the Special Prosecutions Unit represented the government in this case.


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