Three Detroit gang members convicted of racketeering
Three high-ranking members of a west-side Detroit gang were convicted Monday of racketeering and related offenses, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
A federal jury convicted the three members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang after a four-week trial before U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds.
Ramiah Jefferson, 26, of Detroit was convicted of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act conspiracy (RICO) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Evan Johnson, 24, of Detroit was convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Mario Garnes, 28, of Detroit was convicted of RICO conspiracy.
Jefferson and Johnson face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Garnes faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to McQuade’s office, the Bounty Hunter Bloods operated in the northwest Detroit area between Schoolcraft and Seven Mile, east of Telegraph and west of Greenfield; however, their illegal activities extended outside the state from California to North Carolina.
The gang sold narcotics and trafficked firearms as well as committed armed robberies, home invasions and carjackings, according to officials. The gang used the proceeds to purchase more firearms and narcotics for the gang to use or to sell.
“Violent street gangs like this one destroy the kind of peaceful neighborhoods the residents of Detroit deserve,” McQuade said in a statement. “Home invasions, carjackings and armed robberies have no place in our community and we are grateful for the work of the Detroit One partnership to dismantle this criminal organization.”
Before the trial, six gang members pleaded guilty. Drakkar Beral Cunningham, 25, of Detroit pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Alexander Deshawn George, 20, of Detroit pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Everette Ramon George, 21, of Detroit pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering. Marcus Andre Harvey, 23, of Detroit pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Gerald Deshawn Turner, 25, of Detroit pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy. David Lamar Gay, 22, of Toledo, Ohio, pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering.
The indictment of the gang was a result of the Detroit One initiative, a partnership between law enforcement and the community to reduce violent crime in the city.
S. Robin Shoemaker, special agent in charge of the ATF Detroit Field Division, joined McQuade in the announcement Monday.
“An important part of ATF’s missions is to disrupt and eliminate violent organized street gangs,” Shoemaker said. “The violence that these gangs bring to our communities is devastating, The convictions of the leaders of the Bounty Hunters Gang is a success that comes from effective law enforcement cooperation. ATF, along with our local, state, federal partners and the United States Attorney’s Office, remain committed to breaking the hold that violent gangs have on our neighborhoods and communities.”