Feds say 83 gang leaders, members arrested in 5-state raid

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

A Western North Carolina grand jury has indicted 83 suspected gang members on dozens of charges, according to a release from the USA attorney's office.

A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday said more than 600 federal, state and local law enforcement officers carried out the arrest warrants in Charlotte and other locations across North Carolina.

The arrests followed the return of a 160-plus page indictment that targeted 83 gang members in North and South Carolina, New York City, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ten of the suspects remained at large Thursday, including nine members of the Trey Gangsters, an arm of the United Blood Nation. She has done extensive research on gangs, their structure, and gang policy for law enforcement agencies. A number of those indicted are accused of bank fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

During simultaneous raids in North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, New York and Virginia, police seized 36 guns, various drugs, counterfeit checks, credit cards and gift cards as well as credit card making devices.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and local police staged raids across the Charlotte area Thursday morning at dawn, arrested most of the suspects without serious incidents. "It tell me that this is a gang that will kill people if they cooperate".

The gang, founded on Riker's Island in 1993, has a military-like set up based on 31 rules of conduct, with each member having a rank, and an authority centralized in NY and that state's prison system. Teams of agents and officers conducted the roundup of dozens of gang members.

But Rose, a lifelong federal prosecutor who was appointed U.S. Attorney in Charlotte under President Barack Obama, said the Trump administration's tougher sentencing and greater commitment of resources, have strengthened the fight against violent gangs. "We're just getting started".

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