Authorities in New Jersey have arrested 21 men who carjack luxury vehicles and ship them to countries in West Africa including Ghana, the Daily News has reported.
The report says the Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman announced the arrest of the men that took part in the stolen car ring on Thursday October 29, 2015.
The gang stole the cars, sometimes at gunpoint in New Jersey and New York.
They were arrested after investigations that took 16 months. The investigation named ‘Operation 17 Corridor’ recovered 90 stolen cars valued at $4 million, the report said citing investigators.
The stolen cars go through various levels of what investigators call ‘fences’ in the hierarchy of the gang before being shipped through the Bronx In New York City to Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, and Gambia, among other countries.
Tyja Evans, 39, of Watchung, N.J., was identified as the leader of the carjacking ring and is currently facing up to 30 years in prison on first-degree carjacking charges, officials said, according to the report.
His co-conspirators are all from New Jersey except for high-level fences Adama Fofana, 53, of the Bronx, and Alpha Jalloh, 26, of Manhattan, officials said. Both are facing 20 years in prison on racketeering charges, the report cited officials as saying.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi