Bloods gang members indicted in crackdown operation

Elias Hubbard
May 20, 2017

"Today's law enforcement action delivered a serious blow to the leadership structure throughout the ranks of this criminal organization", U.S. Attorney Jill Rose said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the help of state and local law enforcement, arrested almost 100 people across the Charlotte region early Thursday morning in the operation.

All of those arrested now face federal racketeering charges alleging they conspired with other gang members to commit various crimes.

Those named in the indictment include suspects already in jail on state charges and at least one person who is living in Liberia.

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. She has done extensive research on gangs, their structure, and gang policy for law enforcement agencies.

Three more suspects have been arrested in what officials are calling the largest gang roundup in Charlotte history.

The indictment says the gang members purchased and circulated firearms used in their crimes.

Among the details included in federal documents is the fact that the gang, which dates to the early 70s, has a military-like set up, with each member having a rank and an authority centralized in NY and the NY prison system.

Neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation nor the U.S. Attorney's Office has released any specifics about the operation.

Local and federal authorities have launched crackdowns against UBN and other gangs, including the killings of the Londons, dating back for more than five years.

"Our message to the UBN is we have come for you and we're going to keep coming for you".

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