AFRO-LINEAL ORGANIZED CRIME – State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation 1989 Report

The term West Indian organized crime re-fers to those individuals involved in criminal groups originating in the Bahamas, the British or U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad, the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, Belize, Barbados, Grenada and the Cayman Islands. The majority of the immigrants from these locations who have become involved in criminal activity within New Jersey are involved primarily in street level drug distribution for established African-American or Jamaican organized criminal groups. This is particularly true of Bahamians and Virgin Islanders, who gravitated towards the Jamaican Posses.

One specific group which has had a major impact in New Jersey is the Trinidadian organized criminal group in East Orange headed by Wade Padmore. This group, consisting of about 300 active participants, is involved primarily in cocaine trafficking. In fact, Wade Padmore was one of the cocaine suppliers for the Essex County-based African-American group headed by Wayne B. Pray. Wade and his brother, Wayne Padmore, also supplied cocaine to several Jamaican drug dealers in Newark, Irvington and East Orange. Ultimately, Wayne Padmore was the victim of a contract murder allegedly carried out by Guyanian hitmen at the direction of Wayne Pray. The homicide is still under investigation.

The Padmore group is also reported to be involved in the smuggling of cocaine from Trinidad, where Wade Padmore has extensive real estate holdings, into the United States. Because of his international contacts, Padmore and his wife Earline are also reported to be involved in money laundering for himself and other drug dealers. In addition, Padmore and his subordinates are believed to have once had either direct or hidden interests in three bars, three grocery stores, a florist shop, five ice cream stores, a delivery service, a trading company and a property management firm. These various enterprises were located in East Orange, Newark and Plainfield, as well as in Brooklyn.


Return to the New Forces in Organized Crime Main Menu