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Feds aid in crack down on gangs

Posted August 4, 2008

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— Federal authorities are working with the Raleigh Police Department and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office to enforce federal firearms and drug laws against gang members and violent criminals, U.S. Attorney George Holding said Monday.

Holding said his office and federal law enforcement agencies have conducted several long-term investigations aimed at dismantling gang organizations. The U.S. Department of Justice also has awarded Wake and Durham counties a $2.5 million grant to battle gangs, including $1 million for law enforcement.

“We are working very diligently to focus all available federal resources on the problem of violent crime," Holding said in a statement. "While local law enforcement bears the burden of investigating and prosecuting the majority of (gang-related) crimes, particularly those involving juveniles, federal law enforcement is actively involved in this effort."

Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan last week described the local gang problem as "significant" and said it requires a community response. The comment came after a melee at a Raleigh mall and a shooting on the North Carolina State University campus that local authorities have said were gang-related.

Recent federal prosecutions of gang members and associates in Raleigh include the following:

  • Timothy Devine, a top leader of the Gangsta Killer Bloods in Raleigh, was sentenced in January to 22 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Brian Curtis Autry, a high ranking 9-Tre Bloods member, was sentenced on July 9 to 192 months in prison on federal drug and gun charges.
  • A high-ranking 9-Tre Bloods member was sentenced on July 24 to 106 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Two 9-Tre Blood associates – Anthony Terrell Russell and Ashley Bost – along with three other people have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing on federal charges arising from two home-invasion robberies in Raleigh last September.
  • Brandon Michael Jones, a validated member of the 9-Tre Bloods, has also been charged in the home invasions, as well as a Wake County homicide that occurred during a home-invasion robbery last August.
  • Another 9-Tre Blood member charged in the August 2007 has also been charged federally with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • A member of the Gangsta Killer Bloods has been indicted federally on nine counts each of robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce and of using and carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence.
  • Three associates of the Gangsta Killer Bloods in Raleigh have recently been charged with federal drug violations. One of the defendants has entered a guilty plea and is awaiting sentencing. The other two haven't yet entered pleas.

Another $1 million of the federal anti-gang grant will be used for gang-prevention efforts, and the remaining $500,000 will go to anti-recidivism efforts directed at gang offenders who have completed their prison sentences.

The Wake County portion of the grant focuses on southeast Raleigh, which has the highest concentration of gang-related crime.


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  • jsanders Aug 5, 2008

    It's going to take political will, not just help from the Feds, for Raleigh to get ahold of its burgeoning gang problem:

  • roe Aug 5, 2008

    Now you are one ignorant person ratherbnnc. In other words you are saying its a black problem! Well let me tell you this their concentration isn't only on the black folk of SE Raleigh but you white people who think like you do. Their robbing yall for thinking you all are safe. Now who has egg on his face? Their home invading your community buddy! So you probably need to sit outside your house and make sure they aren't next door to you! This isn't a welfare thing this is a community thing that failed to include black kids in their equation of something for the people. So check yourself when you make comments.

  • NCTeacher4327 Aug 5, 2008

    I think it's great that these guys are facing federal prosecution. This movement needs to come east a little and deal with all the trash in Rocky Mount.

  • Timbo Aug 5, 2008

    The "Feds" are going to aid in gang prevention? Where in the heck have the "Feds" been successful before?

    1 of 3 biggest lies ever told is "I'm from the federal government and I'm here to help you.".

    The federal government couldn't pour fecal matter out of a boot with the instructions on the heel. What the heck is the federal government going to do with my tax money that will accomplish *ANYTHING*?


  • whatusay Aug 5, 2008

    Wake up people...gangs are directly linked to "WELFARE". The US Government started welfare and destroyed the family values. Look where we are now, fatherless families, kids running wild, looking for attention.

  • bronzegoddess40 Aug 4, 2008

    Yes there are gang members in Southeast Raleigh, but don't be fooled by thinking this is the only place they are. Gang members are all over Raleigh, North, South, East and West. Believe it.

  • lizard Aug 4, 2008

    wrx44- LOL

  • Made In USA Aug 4, 2008

    Take that money and build us a hotel with bars so we'll have somewhere to house them when they are convicted.

  • NE Raleigh Aug 4, 2008

    Gangs should = Death Penalty. No questions asked or entertained. THE END

  • wrx44 Aug 4, 2008

    Lizard....don't worry...if gang members aren't in the Macgregor area by now, the Wake County School board will be sure to bus them there daily!.....