Three Jersey City men have been charged with federal narcotics and firearms violations.

According to U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger, Shiquwan Johnson, aka “Big Shy,” 37; Douglas Sherman, aka “Dougie,” 40; and Perry Capers, aka “Diddy,” 36, were involved in the distribution of heroin and cocaine from an apartment in the area of Bergen and Lexington Avenues.

Law enforcement officers began investigating the apartment building in January 2023 and saw numerous hand-to-hand drug transactions on a near-daily basis.

The investigation revealed multiple stash locations for narcotics and firearms in the building, including inside an apartment unit rented by Sherman and a mailbox associated with the apartment unit rented by Sherman.

While executing search warrants on February 15, law enforcement officers recovered hundreds of grams of suspected cocaine and tens of grams of suspected heroin, three firearms, and additional ammunition.

Johnson is charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Capers is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Sherman is charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Johnson and Capers are associated with a neighborhood street gang that operates around Bergen and Lexington Avenues.

Johnson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sherman and Capers face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

All three defendants appeared on Feb. 16 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jessica S. Allen. Johnson and Sherman consented to detention and Capers was released and placed on home incarceration.

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