Charlotte, N.C. — 83 alleged members of the United Blood Nation gang were hit with numerous crimes Thursday after what many are calling one of the largest indictments ever in the Western District of North Carolina. The list of alleged crimes included racketeering and murder, in addition to drugs and gun trafficking.
A 163-page indictment states that their operation started around September 2009 and into 2017. Some of those indicted are accused of bank fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
Judy Williams, co-founder of Mothers of Murdered Offspring, said she wishes these alleged gang members would do more positive things in the community.
“Why can’t we do gangs for good? Why does it have to be bad?” she says. “This is 83 young men who hopefully could have made different decisions.”
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said the sweep should make the area much safer.
“I suspect there will be a significant impact to our overall violent crime rate,” Putney said.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, over 600 federal, state and local law enforcement officers carried out the arrest warrants first thing Thursday morning in Charlotte, Cleveland County, and eastern North Carolina.
The gang sweep also extended to Florida, South Carolina, New York, and Virginia. Of the 83 defendants, 10 are not in police custody at this time.
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Law enforcement apprehended most of the suspects Thursday morning without serious incidents. Charges against the Blood gang members stem from allegedly conspiring to commit robberies, deal drugs, as well as multiple gun charges.
All of the suspects arrested are currently held without bond until individual bond hearings next week, officials said.
Click here to read the indictment.