The United Blood Nation gang has been hit by a massive indictment charging 83 of its alleged leaders and members with federal racketeering conspiracy and charges related to murder, attempted murder, violent assault, narcotics distribution, firearms possession and Hobbs Act robbery. Some are also charged with white-collar offenses like bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft related to financial crimes, evidence that the group has become more sophisticated.
More than 600 federal, state and local law enforcement officers executed the arrest warrants early Thursday morning in Charlotte, Cleveland County, and eastern North Carolina. Arrests were also made in Florida, South Carolina, New York, and Virginia.
The operation was aimed at the Nine Trey Gangsters faction of the United Blood Nation. The Bloods were formed in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, when a group of seven individual street gangs united to form a larger unit. The gang quickly spread to surrounding areas, eventually expanding its influence across the United States. In 1993, a single Bloods entity, the United Blood Nation, was created on the east side of Rikers Island Prison.
Membership of the United Blood Nation is estimated to be between 7,000 to 15,000 members along the east coast, with ultimate authority for gang decisions still maintained in New York and members currently incarcerated in the New York prison system. The various Bloods’ gangs or “Hoods,” which unified under the United Blood Nation, kept their original names. The Nine Trey Gangsters is one of the original factions of the United Blood Nation, with a large gang presence in North Carolina.
It’s in North Carolina where authorities sought to put an end to the violence and crimes allegedly committed by the Nine Trey Gangsters. “This morning’s arrests are the result of a joint law enforcement investigation targeting alleged leaders and members of the Nine Trey Gangsters faction of the United Blood Nation,” Jill Westmoreland Rose, United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, told the media. “These defendants participated in a racketeering conspiracy, committing multiple violent crimes, including at least six murders and five attempted murders in North Carolina.”
According to allegations contained in the 69-count indictment, the Nine Trey Gangsters engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity, including, but not limited to, murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, narcotics distribution and firearms possession. Additionally, the indictment alleges that certain defendants engaged in the racketeering acts of bank fraud and wire fraud. As alleged in the indictment, the defendants committed these crimes to generate proceeds to pay gang dues, to maintain membership with the gang, to discipline other gang members, and to be promoted within the leadership structure of the gang.
The defendants communicated regularly with each other and other United Blood Nation members to discuss gang business, including the enforcement of gang rules; disciplinary action of members; the identities and punishment of individuals cooperating with law enforcement; the collection of gang dues; and to plan future crimes. The indictment further alleges that the defendants maintained and circulated a collection of firearms, including assault rifles, for the use in criminal activity by gang members.
Over the course of the investigation, agents and officers seized, among other evidence: 36 firearms and ammunition, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA, prescription pills and other narcotics and drug paraphernalia, counterfeit checks, credit cards and gift cards, and credit card making devices.
Prosecutors allege that the gang is governed by 31 rules known as “The 31.” These rules were written by the United Blood Nation’s founders and are strictly enforced. In addition, the gang maintains a strict hierarchy or chain of command, with each gang member assigned to a specific rank with specific duties and responsibilities.
A typical structure for the Nine Trey Gangsters includes the leader of the hood, referred to as the “Godfather,” followed by ranked “Generals,” down through unranked members called “Soldiers” or “Scraps.” Additionally, within the United Blood Nation, some females hold unique positions of authority, including that of a “First Lady,” who is often responsible for record keeping, covert communications, and distribution of gang records.
According to the indictment United Blood Nation members represent their gang affiliation with common tattoos, graffiti markings, language, and communication codes, and are identified by wearing the color red. They are also expected to pay gang dues, which are used to support the enterprise, to finance the gang’s criminal activity, and as gifts of respect to incarcerated high-ranking members.
The 83 defendants charged with one count of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy are:
- Sherman Devante Addison, a/k/a “Ace,” 22, of Shelby.
- Aaron Demitri Alexander, a/k/a “A Dawg,” 24, of Charlotte.
- Montraya Antwain Atkinson, a/k/a “Hardbody,” 30, of Raleigh, N.C.
- Freddrec Deandre Banks, a/k/a “Drec/Banga,” 21, of Shelby.
- James Baxton, a/k/a “Frank White,” 43, incarcerated in New York.
- Bradley Beauchamp, 29, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Destinee Danyell Blakeney, a/k/a “Lady Rude,” 22, of Morven, N.C.
- Antonio Dontre Brooks, a/k/a “Montana,” 24, of Shelby.
- Antarious Qaushard Byers, a/k/a “Bang,” 23, of Shelby.
- Renaldo Rodregus Camp, a/k/a “Rodeo/Drop,” 39, of Shelby.
- Shakira Monique Campbell, a/k/a “Lady Rage,” 23, of Charlotte.
- Adrian Nayron Coker, a/k/a “Gotti,” 27, of Gastonia, N.C.
- Brandon Khalil Covington, a/k/a “Blokka,” 24, of Charlotte.
- Alex Levi Cox, a/k/a “Quick,” 26, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
- Marquel Michael Cunningham, 20, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Richard Diaz, a/k/a “Damu,” 32, of Charlotte.
- James Walter Dowdle, a/k/a “Staxx,” 24, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- John Paul Durant, a/k/a “JP/Glock/Gudda,” 28, of Shelby.
- Cynthia Gilmore, a/k/a “Cynthia Young/Lady Bynt,” 41, of Raleigh.
- Shamon Movair Goins, a/k/a “Rugie,” 26, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Pedro Gutierrez, a/k/a “Magoo/Light/Inferno,” 44, incarcerated in New York.
- Jalen Raekwon Hackney, a/k/a “Menace,” 19, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Christopher Dentre Hamrick, a/k/a “Red Dot,” 27, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Lavaughn Antonio Hanton, a/k/a “Killem/Billy-D,” 33, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Anthony Oneil Harrison, a/k/a “Ant,” 20, of Charlotte.
- Bianca Kiashie Harrison, a/k/a “Lady Gunz,” 27, of Raleigh.
- Quincy Delone Haynes, a/k/a “Black Montana,” 38, Shelby.
- Delonte Maurice Hicks, a/k/a “BBB Shooter/Black,” 28, of Morven.
- Jasmin Reikeem Hicks, a/k/a “Rude,” 26, of Morven.
- Bobby Earl Hines, a/k/a “Swahili,” 34, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Raheam Shumar Hopper, a/k/a “Bone,” 23, of Shelby.
- Wesley Javon Howze, a/k/a “Drama,” 21, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Donl Lequintin Hunsucker, a/k/a “Remy,” 31, of Charlotte.
- Dricko Dashon Huskey, a/k/a “Drizzy,” 25, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Muhammad John Jackson, a/k/a “Picasso,” 32, of Charlotte.
- Terrence Thomas Johnsom, a/k/a “Sypher,” 40, of Shelby.
- Joe Tarpeh Johnson, a/k/a “JR/Big Pusha/Kutthroat,” 26, of Charlotte.
- Latif Nakia Antoine Johnson, a/k/a “Billy Solo,” 23, of Charlotte, N.C.
- Tonney Horatio Kerbay, a/k/a “Rich Tonney,” 29, of Charlotte.
- Rashad Monte King, a/k/a “Billy Kilo Montana,” 25, of Charlotte.
- Barrington Audley Lattibeaudiere, a/k/a “Bandana/Bobby Seale,” 30, of North Lauderdale, Florida.
- Juan Cruz Leon, a/k/a “Jefe,” 21, of Charlotte.
- Renaire Roshique Lewis, Jr., a/k/a “Banz/Esco,” 22, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Lamonte Kentrell Lloyd, a/k/a “Murda Mo/Moo,” 23, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- David Matthew Lowe, a/k/a “Gucci,” 26, of Shelby.
- Charles Kenyon Lytle, a/k/a “Kam,” 39, of Charlotte.
- Terry Lavon Maddox, a/k/a “Turbo,” 26, of Shelby.
- Bradon Theodore Manning, a/k/a “Billy B,” 28, of Columbia, S.C.
- Travis Cordell McClain, a/k/a “Fridaay Daa Thuurteenth,” 25, of Charlotte.
- Robert Allen McClinton, a/k/a “Trigga,” 27, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Isaac Nabah MckIntosh, a/k/a “Mac,” 26, of Charlotte.
- D’Angelo De’Mara McNeil, a/k/a “Dutch,” 26, of Charlotte.
- Christopher Lashon Miller, a/k/a “Dro,” 23, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Johnny Thomas Mitchell, a/k/a “Joker,” 37, of Shelby.
- Christopher O’Brien Moore, a/k/a “Ratchet,” 22, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Myquan Lamar Nelson, a/k/a “Dripz,” 26, of Charlotte.
- Thomas Oliver, a/k/a “T.O., Recon,” 31, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Kolawole Olalekan Omotosho, a/k/a “Rugged Red,” 19, of Jacksonville, N.C.
- James Bradin Pegues, 30, of Charlotte.
- Deshawn Deonta Peterkin, a/k/a “Proo,” 28, of Morven.
- Laquida Shuntae Poston, a/k/a “Lady Recon,” 25, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Austin Demontry Potts, a/k/a “Big Tek, B-Tek,” 23, of Charlotte.
- Tyquan Ramont Powell, a/k/a “Savage,” 22, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Omar Lionel Reed, a/k/a “Omega,” 38, incarcerated in New Mexico.
- Omari Rosero, a/k/a “Uno B,” 40, incarcerated in New York.
- Porsha Talina Rosero, a/k/a “Porsha Talina Gowdy/Lady Uno B,” 34, of Syracuse, New York.
- Kenneth Marquise Ruff, a/k/a “Red Hot,” 26, of Shelby.
- Rashad Sattar, 20, of Fort Lauderdale.
- Alandus Montrell Smith, a/k/a “Kadafia,” 27, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Anthony Bernard Smith, a/k/a “Redd Lion,” 24, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Denzel Lamont Spikes, a/k/a “Dinki/Dino,” 24, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Isaiah Devon Stallworth, a/k/a “Zay/Juice,” 25, of Charlotte.
- Cedric Lexander Surratt, a/k/a “Hollywood/5-Star,” 29, of Charlotte.
- Peatrez Lamar Teaste, a/k/a “P-Wheezy,” 24, of Myrtle Beach.
- Jhad Elijah Thorbourne, a/k/a “Flight,” 23, of Charlotte.
- Lavon Christopher Turner, a/k/a “Hungry,” 27, Charlotte.
- Jesse James Watkins, a/k/a “Showtime,” 33, of Charlotte.
- Quintez Lamar Watkins, a/k/a “Bandana,” 27, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- David Earl Watson, a/k/a “Gunz,” 31, of Jacksonville.
- Twylain Stanley Wilson, a/k/a “5 Alive,” 24, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Ronald Anthony Wofford, 27, of Charlotte.
- Jonathan Wray, a/k/a “Jon Jon/Yungin,” 26, incarcerated in North Carolina.
- Patrick Devon Wray, a/k/a “Ike, Murda,” 28, of Shelby.
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