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Thursday, 24 May 2012

27 charged in Bloods gang investigation

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two dozen alleged members of the Bloods gang, many of them from the Charlotte area, have been charged in a racketeering enterprise that involved drugs, robberies and murder conspiracy. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that 27 members of the United Blood Nation, or simply the “Bloods,” were arrested May 18 following a two-year investigation involving the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Gastonia police, Gaston County police, the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby police and the N.C. Department of Probation and Parole. An indictment says the suspects operated as a gang in North Carolina and elsewhere from 2007 to May 2012 as they engaged in drug trafficking and used the proceeds to help finance other criminal activities. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the suspects committed armed robberies and home invasions, as well as acts of violence against rival gang members. Then they tried to conceal their crimes by threatening potential witnesses, prosecutors said. The suspects identified other gang members by their street names or area codes. Prosecutors said “704” was used to refer to gang factions in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. The indictment also reveals that gang members met regularly and talked about past crimes and violence. They also discussed people they thought were cooperating with authorities and what actions might be taken against them. During those meetings, prosecutors said, the suspects planned and agreed to carry out more crimes, including murder, robbery and drug trafficking. The suspects face charges that include racketeering conspiracy, cocaine possession, conspiracy to commit murder and gun violations. “The FBI is committed to dismantling the gangs that threaten the safety and stability of our neighborhoods,” Chris Briese, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Charlotte Division, said in a statement. “This two-year investigation is an outstanding example of what federal, state, and local law enforcement can accomplish when we attack the gangs that operate in our communities.” Charged in the indictment are: • James Anderson (“Stank”), 28, currently incarcerated. • Alan Boyd Donta Barnett (“Big Al”), 37, of Gastonia. • Eric Eugene Brice (“Bug”), 40, of Gastonia. • Travis Lamar Brice (“Trap”), 28, currently incarcerated. • Quinton Lavar Brown (“QP” or “QB”), 20, currently incarcerated. • Rafas Gene Camp (“Tick”), 32, of Shelby. • Joston Jamal Clemmer (“Ace”), 21, of Gastonia. • Kemmey Nicole Cooke (“Gangsta Wu”), 29, of Chesapeake, Va. • Jaimel Kenzie Davison (“I-Shine”), 28, currently incarcerated. • Wesley Tyler Floyd (“West Coast”), 26, of Gastonia. • Davon Yakeen Futrell (“Smooth”), 24, of Gastonia. • Tristan Daquane Goode (“Buck”), 20, of Ranlo. • Nathaniel Graham (“Nasty”), 23, currently incarcerated. • Joseph Dranell Gray (“Killa”), 38, currently incarcerated. • Dominque O’Neill Jackson, a/k/a “DJ”, 23, of Gastonia. • Jimmy Lionell, Jones (“Buddhist” or “Buddha”), 37, currently incarcerated. • William Amir Knox (“Poo Nuk”), 28, currently incarcerated. • Kentrell Tyrone McIntyre (“Mustafa”), 32, currently incarcerated. • William Lewis Dontars Meeks (“Willie” or “Rock”), 34, of Gastonia. • Kevin Jerome Morris (“Kato”), 34, of Shelby. • Franklin Robbs (“Frankie Boo”), 41, currently incarcerated. • Maurice Terrell Robinson (“Hell Rell”), 22, of Lincolnton. • Andrew Eugene Stowe (“Coco”), 36, of Gastonia. • Marquise Deshawn Watson (“Rambo”), 20, of Gastonia. • Melinda Charmane Watson, 36, of Gastonia. • Daryl Wilkinson (“OG Powerful”), 47, currently incarcerated. • Samatha Williams (“Samantha Wilkinson” or “Lady Sam”), 43, of Bronx, N.Y. • Perry Gorontent Williams (“P-Flame” or “Flame”), 26, currently incarcerated.

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