DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Three “high ranking” members of a Detroit street gang have been found guilty of racketeering.
A federal jury on Monday convicted 26-year-old Ramiah Jefferson, Evan Johnson and Mario Garnes.
Jefferson, a.k.a. “Nightmare,” and Johnson, a.k.a. “Unkle Murda” were also found guilty of gun possession; both face up to life in prison. Garnes, a.k.a. “Bloodhound,” faces up to 20 years in prison.
Evidence at trial established that the Bounty Hunter Bloods operated primarily in northwest Detroit in the area between Schoolcraft Road and 7 Mile Road, east of Telegraph Road and west of Greenfield Road. Authorities say members were involved in drug and gun trafficking, armed robberies, home invasions and carjackings.
“Violent street gangs like this one destroy the kind of peaceful neighborhoods the residents of Detroit deserve,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement.
Six other members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods pleaded guilty to various charges before the start of the four-week trial. Those include:
• 25-year-old Drakkar Cunningham, a.k.a. “Rellz” — racketeering and gun possession
• 20-year-old Alexander George, a.k.a. “Bullet” — racketeering and gun possession
• 21-year-old Everette George, a.k.a. “Klout” — assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering
• 23-year-old Marcus Harvey, a.k.a. “Caesar” — racketeering and gun possession
• 25-year-old Gerald Turner, a.k.a. “G-Red” — racketeering
• 22-year-old David Gay, a.k.a. “Glock” — murder in aid of racketeering
Authorities say the illegal activities of the Bounty Hunter Bloods extended outside Michigan from California to North Carolina. Members used the proceeds from their criminal activities to purchase additional firearms and narcotics for the gang’s use or for resale, according to investigators.
The arrests were part of the Detroit One initiative, a crackdown on crime in the city by a coalition of local, state and federal police agencies.
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