A high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Bloods street gang was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for his involvement in a drug operation and his participation in two shootings. 33-year-old Michael “Bum Jew” Smith had pleaded guilty on November 9, 2015.
Prosecutors say Smith used his leadership position within the Bloods to purchase, process and distribute kilograms of cocaine base in Suffolk County. He sold narcotics to distribution-level drug dealers, some of whom were other Bloods gang members, and directly to drug users. The drug trade is a violent one and Smith usually carried a loaded gun on him.
When you carry a gun, you know one day you will use it. It wasn’t any different for Smith. On November 24, 2011, Smith engaged in a verbal dispute with one of his drug suppliers in front of a bar in Patchogue. During the dispute, he shot the supplier in the chest, as one does during such disagreements.
Smith wasn’t shy of violence. And he didn’t mind who got hurt. On June 16, 2013, Smith and several fellow Bloods members drove to a home in Central Islip, where they confronted another Bloods member about his role in a prior shooting. During the confrontation, Smith displayed a firearm and pointed it at the intended victim. When a bystander restrained Smith, pointing out that there were many women and children present, Smith ordered a Bloods member to shoot the other Bloods member.
Both shooting victims survived their wounds.
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