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North Carolina city gang leader sentenced to 27 years

Posted September 14

— The leader of a Blood-connected gang in a North Carolina city has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that a release from the U.S. Attorney's Eastern District of North Carolina Office says 24-year-old Kejuan Tizom Shabazz Smith was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and sentenced Wednesday.

The release says federal and state law enforcement agencies determined that Smith led the Nine Trey Gangsters, a Wilmington subset of the United Blood Nation gang.

Smith was arrested in August 2016 on information revealed during a law enforcement-conducted federal wiretap during July and August.

Multiple co-defendants have been sentenced.

The case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation.

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