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Police: Three 'high-ranking' gang members charged in Greenville

Posted November 7, 2012

— Greenville police said Wednesday they have arrested three high-ranking gang members following a five-month investigation into illegal drugs and weapons sales.

The investigation was conducted by the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from Greenville police, Farmville police, the Pitt County Sheriff’s office, the State Bureau of Investigations and several federal agencies.

Investigations said the suspects are members of a gang called United Blood Nation. They are accused of buying and selling stolen weapons and drugs, supplying drugs to street-level dealers and conspiring to commit violent crimes.

Ernest Joshon Wright, 26, of Greenville, is charged with six counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts of selling or delivering marijuana, two counts of selling or delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule 1 controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

He was jailed under a $1 million bond.

Police said Wright has at least 34 prior arrests for crimes including assault with a deadly weapon, drug violations, armed robbery, assault with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Chicobe Antrell Williams, 28, of Greenville, is charged with seven counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, seven counts of selling or delivering cocaine and three counts of conspiracy to sell cocaine. Police said Williams had 28 grams of crack cocaine with him when he was arrested.

He was also jailed under a $1 million bond.

Police said Williams has at least 39 prior arrests for crimes including assault inflicting serious injury, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to sell cocaine, breaking and entering and assault on a female.

Robert Lee Hopkins, 29, is charged with 11 counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, nine counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and 11 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was jailed under a $650,000 bond.

Police said Hopkins has at least 25 prior arrests for crimes including assault on a female, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, kidnapping and larceny.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests may follow, police said.

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  • 101jackson101 Nov 7, 2:56 p.m.

    With the number of crimes these indiviuals have had I think the federal government needs to take a real close look into North Carlolina legal system, this smells of corruption.

  • IMissYouOscar Nov 7, 1:55 p.m.

    Whatever happened to the 3 strikes law? All 3 are felons so this law should apply. I thought it was 3 strikes and you are put away for life. 34, 39 & 25 - UNBELIEVABLE!

  • VickLo Nov 7, 1:37 p.m.

    They're really nice kids. They have never gotten a break. Let's give them one more chance.

  • ech Nov 7, 1:22 p.m.

    Young guys out on the street with the least amount of arrest being 28 times with charges like carry a weapon by a felon and they were still out on the streets. What do you have to do today in order to be put in jail? No wonder you see this kind of rift raft committing crimes one right after another. No consequences for their actions.

  • CountryBoyz Nov 7, 12:46 p.m.

    "Or as my tax dollars would prefer, a 9mm to the head - shpack4"

    Don't spend our tax dollars on shells . . . they probably had a pocketful each . . . :)

  • CountryBoyz Nov 7, 12:38 p.m.

    "34, 39 & 25 previous arrests"
    Since they likely aren't counting any arrests under 18 years old, these numbers are over ~10 years [about 10 year]. With this track record, you can bet they'll have "35, 40 & 26" within a month or so. Pitiful excuse for a justice system.

  • crustyhalo Nov 7, 12:35 p.m.

    Madness

  • PracticalMagick Nov 7, 12:30 p.m.

    Aren't they a little old to be playing in the streets? Oh...wait...the only job skill they seem to have is criminal, so...I guess I answered my own question.

  • farm Nov 7, 12:25 p.m.

    "34, 39 & 25 previous arrests and they were still out on the streets running drugs and weapons. The outrage should be directed toward a failed judicial system. Pathetic!"

    Hislove says we don't understand and they have to make sure they have a case....

  • jpilk81 Nov 7, 12:23 p.m.

    All these comments by readers have been posted a hundred times before. Get it through your thick heads. We are not going to punish these people. We are not going to demand responsibility from them. The system was broken years ago. Like so many other aspects of our once great society, it is beyond repair.

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