Twelve more members of the Seven Mile Bloods street gang in Detroit were charged in a superseding indictment Tuesday, adding charges for racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, firearms violations and related offenses. The previous indictment had charged three other individuals.
The Seven Mile Bloods (SMB) gang operates on the east side of Detroit, between Gratiot Avenue and Kelly Road and between Seven and Eight Mile Roads. Seven Mile Bloods or “SMB” members have claimed this area as their territory and refer to it as the “Red Zone.” The area is in zip code 48205, which SMB members refer to as “4-8-2-0-Die” in some of their rap lyrics.
Gang members regularly use social media sites and apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to post photographs and videos highlighting their affiliation with the SMB. These messages are now used by authorities to prove the criminal charges in the indictment. The gang also has a close relationship with “Hard Work Entertainment,” which enables them to professionally spread their message.
The indictment alleges an ongoing gang war between the Seven Mile Bloods and an alliance of other gangs operating on Detroit’s east side stemming from a murder that occurred in July 2014. During the past 18 months, these rival gangs have been violently attacking one another and have posted respective “hit lists” on social media. This shooting war has led to increased homicides and non-fatal shootings on Detroit’s east side.
The indictment also stems from collaborative law enforcement efforts to dismantle the drug pipeline from Detroit to other states, alleging incidents in which SMB members were arrested in Charleston, West Virginia, in connection with narcotics trafficking. Within their Red Zone, SMB traffics in cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and various prescription pills.
Under the Detroit One Initiative, investigators were able to bring together separate probes into various members of this organization and its criminal activities into one encompassing investigation. Partners include the Detroit Police Department Gang Intelligence Unit, the FBI Violent Gang Task Force, which consists of representatives of Detroit Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Patrol, Michigan Department of Corrections and Michigan State Police, with the cooperation of the ATF and DEA.
DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge David A. Grant stated, “DEA will continue to work hand in hand with the United States Attorney’s Office and the members of Detroit One in the continuing effort to reduce the violence associated with drug trafficking in all areas of Detroit. Today’s indictment demonstrates solid success in the effort to dismantle the Seven Mile Bloods, and to curtail some of the inevitable violence stemming from their trafficking in drugs on Detroit’s east side.”
“The Detroit One initiative continues to be a valuable partnership for the FBI, and for the city of Detroit,” said David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Detroit Division. “The dismantling of violent gangs in this city must remain a priority, and we remain fully committed to that end. These gang arrest operations are absolutely necessary in order to make Detroit a more livable, workable, and secure city.”
Charged today are:
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