United Blood Nation gang members indicted after mass arrests in Charlotte

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

Local and federal law enforcement agencies in the Charlotte area made dozens of arrests on Thursday morning as part of a massive operation to crack down on the United Blood Nation gang.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said 25 were arrested in Charlotte, 14 in Cleveland County, four in Anson County, one in Gaston County and five were found in eastern North Carolina.

A federal grand jury returned the indictments on Monday.

In all, 83 people were named in the federal indictments, including almost 30 who were already incarcerated for other crimes.

The indictment says the gang members purchased and circulated firearms used in their crimes. Members engaged in racketeering activity, including murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, narcotics distribution and firearms possession. Innocent families should not suffer because of the violent actions of others.

U.S. Attorney Jill Rose of Charlotte, joined by Dana Boente, acting assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's National Security Division, and North Carolina FBI Chief John Strong, are scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the arrests at 1 p.m.

The indictment also says that some defendants engaged in bank fraud and wire fraud to generate proceeds to pay gang dues, maintain membership with the gang, discipline other gang members and to be promoted within gang leadership.

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