The Atlantic City leader of a Bloods gang rounded up in 2006 has pleaded guilty to planning the murder of a fellow gang member.

Monaud Toussaint, 29, of Little Egg Harbor Township, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree conspiracy to commit murder before Superior Court Judge Mark J. Fleming in Mercer County.

Toussaint — who was known as “Little Damu” — admitted that he conspired with other members of the Nine Trey Gangsters to kill Almeen Palmer in 2006.

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A high-ranking gang member had ordered that Palmer be murdered for violating the rules of the gang and trying to join another Bloods set, according to the charges.

The plot was foiled after the New Jersey State Police learned of it and — with Atlantic City police — interrupted a gang meeting, making arrests and seizing guns.

Under the plea agreement, Toussaint faces 11 years in state prison, and would have to serve 85 percent without parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 29.

Toussaint was among 48 defendants indicted in June 2007 as a result of a joint investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice called “Operation Nine Connect.”

The Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau has obtained guilty pleas from all but a few of the defendants named in the indictment, according to the Attorney General’s Office. One leader of the gang, Michael Smart, 31, of Irvington, was tried in January 2009, convicted and sentenced to 70 years in state prison, including 46 years of parole ineligibility. The other defendants received sentences of between five and 16 years in state prison.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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