A Western North Carolina grand jury has indicted 83 suspected gang members on dozens of charges, according to a release from the US attorney's office.
Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that 83 members of the United Blood Nation gang had been indicted as part of a five-state crackdown on gang activity. Of the 83 defendants, 10 are not now in police custody.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents launched a crackdown against the often violent street gang known as the United Blood Nation.More news: Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur
United Blood Nation, an East Coast offshoot of the better-known Bloods gangs of California, is well known around Charlotte and a frequent target of law enforcement. The indictment also says gang members engaged in bank fraud and wire fraud.
John Strong, the Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte FBI office said some 600 agents and local and state law enforcement officers were out at dawn making the arrests in one of the largest operations if its kind in recent memory.
Some of the defendants are connected to at least six homicides and five attempted homicides in North Carolina.More news: Singapore Airlines to re-integrate SIA Cargo division
Twenty four of the suspects arrested Thursday were in Charlotte, more than any other location.
The indictments include murder charges in the deaths of Jimmy Ray Daniels Jr., Cheeontah Howard and Malik Brown. "This tells me that this is a gang that will use its power to intimidate people", she said. Federal authorities have continued to focus in the Charlotte area to take down large gang operations. Teams of agents and officers conducted the roundup of dozens of gang members.
She used the occasion to warn gangs that the battle isn't over. "We're just getting started".More news: Brie Larson stars in emotional The Glass Castle trailer
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