A female leader of the “Billie East Side Bloods,” a gang that is part of the United Blood Nation, and several gang members were sentenced to prison on drug and gun charges on Tuesday. At sentencing, the judge characterized the group as one of the most dangerous criminal organizations the federal government has prosecuted in the Florence and Myrtle Beach areas in many years.
27-year-old Barbara Landy (photo above) led this local subset of the national United Blood Nation. She communicated directly with a national gang leader who was incarcerated in the Western part of the United States. As the leader, or four-star general, in charge, Landy directed drug shipments, assisted in the trafficking of weapons, and ordered the payment of dues by lower level gang members. For her leadership role, Landy was sentenced to over 17 years in federal prison.
One of Landy’s lieutenants, 31-year-old Joshua Randall, to over 16 years behind bars. Evidence demonstrated that Randall reported directly to Landy and sold kilogram quantities of heroin and fentanyl to customers in the Myrtle Beach and Florence areas. During the course of the investigation, police arrested Randall on two separate occasions while in possession of guns and drugs.
27-year-old Lee Tracy Riggins was also a member of the gang. He participated in the gang’s drug distribution and firearms trafficking networks and was integral in gathering guns to be transported to and sold in New York City, to generate revenue for the gang. He received a sentence of a decade in federal prison.
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