Federal agents announced Wednesday the arrest of 23 members and associates of the United Blood Nation — also known as the Bloods Street Gang — after a 134-count indictment charging them with multiple violations, including racketeering conspiracy.
A June 18 indictment was unsealed Wednesday morning after the 23 arrests of defendants in the Columbia area and the arrest of the lead defendant, David Andrea Jenkins, in the Los Angeles area, according to a FBI release.
Jenkins is a native of Columbia but lives in Huntington Beach, CA.
All of the other defendants are residents and/or natives of the Columbia area.
Five defendants were already in state custody based on charges related to racketeering conspiracy, which alleges that the racketeering activity included drug dealing, murder, kidnapping, robbery, interstate prostitution and the filing of false tax returns through the Internet.
Agents are still looking for nine fugitives named in the indictment.
The sealed indictment also charges various defendants with the following:
- violent crimes in aid of racketeering;
- narcotics violations;
- robberies affecting interstate commerce in violation of the Hobbs Act;
- federal firearms violations;
- interstate prostitution and sex trafficking;
- using interstate facilities to file false income tax returns(wire fraud); and
- making false statements to federal agencies.
The 35 defendants charged in the racketeering count of the indictment are:
- David Andrea Jenkins, a/k/a Arma G, a/k/a Dread
- Titus Will Bowman, a/k/a Ti
- Torrean Antwon Sims, a/k/a Slim, a/k/a Arsonist
- Andre Jamel Cummings, a/k/a Dre
- Craig Xavier Alston, a/k/a Ck
- Darrell Antonio Alston, a/k/a Hell Rell
- Nicholas Jason Wright, a/k/a Tater Head
- Stewart Jamaul Stroman, a/k/a Stew
- Brandon Deshawn Hawkins, Sr., a/k/a Shotgun, a/k/a Gun
- Steven Benjamin Bradley, a/k/a Red Boy
- Nathaniel Jamal Farmer, a/k/a Gucci
- Davante Henry Christopher Lane, a/k/a Lil D
- Tashanda Nicole Parker, a/k/a Big Mama, a/k/a Big Mama Blood
- Jarius Octavis Jones, a/k/a Buck
- Bernard Kentrell Breeland, Jr., a/k/a Bneezy
- Calvin James Hall, a/k/a Kebo
- Kenneth Roy Cottoy, a/k/a Fish, a/k/a Koppo, a/k/a Kapone
- Edmond Levy, Jr., a/k/a Southside
- Alex Russell Anderson, a/k/a Black
- Antwain Emanuel Brisbon, a/k/a Tweeze, a/k/a Twan G
- Shantane Simmons, a/k/a Shantane L. Craft
- Odell Martin, Jr., a/k/a Teazy
- Karish Mali Brown, a/k/a KB
- James E. London, a/k/a Prince, a/k/a Rockaroni
- Michael Antonio Taylor, a/k/a Puncho
- Shonta Marie Harrison a/k/a Ta
- Tameka Danielle Smith, a/k/a Meka
- Christen Michelle Spencer
- Joshua Alexander Kitt, a/k/a Metro
- Tyrone Lewis, a/k/a Ty Ty
- Michael Oshay Long, a/k/a Killer
- Frank Henderson III
- Hassaan R. Brown, a/k/a Hossy
- Degregory Reaves, a/k/a Junior
- Dameon Antonio Burgess
Two other defendants, Daion Bowers and Rhonda Baker are charged only in wire fraud counts.
The final defendant, Tevin Ramsey, is charged in the violent crimes in aid of racketeering count also naming Darrell Alston.
Six search warrants were served in South Carolina and California, according to the release.
During these searches, law enforcement agents seized drugs, money, and about six firearms, including one assault rifle and at least one bulletproof vest.
The arrests were made after a two-year interagency Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation targeting the Bloods Street Gang and their drug suppliers.
The on-going investigation involved several different investigative techniques, including wiretaps, undercover operations, surveillance, witness debriefings and a review of financial records.
Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation in addition to the FBI.
The IRS, the State Law Enforcement Division, the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives , the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals’ Service were all involved.
“Today’s arrests and seizures are an important step in our ongoing fight against criminal gangs like the Bloods who operate in South and North Carolina," United States Attorney Bill Nettles said in a release.