12 Detroit street gang members indicted

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Twelve additional members of Detroit’s Seven Mile Bloods street gang were indicted Tuesday and charges of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering and firearms violations were added to the case for all defendants, federal prosecutors said.

According to the superseding indictment, unsealed Tuesday, the gang operates on the east side of Detroit, between Gratiot and Kelly and between Seven and Eight Mile Roads.

The indictment alleges an ongoing gang war between the Seven Mile Bloods and an alliance of other gangs operating on Detroit’s east side stemming from a murder in July 2014. A total of 15 suspects have been indicted in the investigation.

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said during the past 18 months, these rival gangs have been violently attacking one another and have posted respective “hit lists” on social media.

This shooting war has led to increased homicides and non-fatal shootings on Detroit’s east side, she said.

“When law enforcement became aware of the violent gang activity in this neighborhood, the Detroit One partnership poured resources into dismantling the gangs that are responsible,” McQuade said. “We are using our combined resources to restore peace to this neighborhood for its residents.”

The indictment also stems from collaborative law enforcement efforts to dismantle the opioid pipeline from Detroit to other states, alleging incidents in which SMB members were arrested in Charleston, West Virginia, in connection with drug trafficking.

On Jan. 14, three SMB gang members were charged: Billy Arnold, 29, of Detroit, with attempted murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm during a crime of violence and felony firearm. Two other suspects, Steven Arthur Jr., 26, and Eugene Fisher, 35, were also charged with being felons in possession of a firearm.

Newly charged in the indictment are: Corey Bailey, 28, of Detroit; Quincy Graham, 32, of Detroit; Robert Brown II, 33, of Warren; Jerome Gooch, 30, of Detroit; Michael Rogers, 33, of Eastpointe; Derrick Kennedy, 29, of Warren; Devon Patterson, 30, of Detroit; Christopher Owens, 29, of Charleston, West Virginia; Jeffery Adams, 26, of Detroit; Arlandis Shy, 26, of Clinton Township; Anthony Lovejoy, 33, of Charleston, West Virginia and Buckeye, Arizona; and Diondre Fitzpatrick, 26, of Harper Woods.

Four defendants were arrested Tuesday and made their initial appearances. A detention hearing is set for Friday.

JChambers@detroitnews.com