Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Feds say 83 gang leaders, members arrested in 5-state raid

Feds say 83 gang leaders, members arrested in 5-state raid

"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.

Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that 83 members of the United Blood Nation gang had been indicted as part of a five-state crackdown on gang activity.

According to the indictment, the defendants engaged in a racketeering conspiracy that included "multiple acts involving murder", robbery, drug trafficking and fraud, among other charges.

The arrests are the result of a massive FBI investigation into the United Blood Nation. She has done extensive research on gangs, their structure, and gang policy for law enforcement agencies. Court documents said that a number of defendants were also charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft related to financial crimes.

Officials say more than 600 federal, state and local law enforcement officers assisted with the arrest warrants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia.

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There are so many cases to process on Thursday that the courthouse is using three different judges in three different rooms to get through all of them.

The gang, founded on Riker's Island in 1993, has a military-like set up based on 31 rules of conduct, with each member having a rank, and an authority centralized in NY and that state's prison system.

The gang has rules of conduct, codes and colors of communication, and membership requirements that include something called a "beat in", during which perspective members are beaten by the gang for 31 seconds.

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

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