Twenty-three Georgia gang members and others indicted on racketeering, drug trafficking, and more

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Twenty-three alleged gang members and associates from across the state, many who are in prison, were recently indicted on charges including racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking, and firearm violations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Per officials, the indictment alleges an “extensive criminal enterprise” in which SMM members, which is a “subset of The Blood gangs” that operates inside and outside of jails and prisons per court documents, orchestrated numerous crimes. The offenses reportedly include murders, attempted murder, attempted arson, drug trafficking, and wire and bank fraud.

According to officials, eleven of the twenty-three individuals indicted were in prison at the time the alleged offenses occurred.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division stated, 

The defendants and their criminal associates are alleged to have committed murder, engaged in stabbings and attempted murder, and distributed thousands of dollars’ worth of illicit drugs inside and outside the Georgia prison system, all to enhance the power and prestige of their gang, the Sex Money Murder set of The Bloods. With this RICO indictment, the Criminal Division, along with our federal, state, and local partners, again shows its commitment to hold accountable and bring to justice violent gang members who terrorize our communities and attempt to control our country’s prison systems.

“Gang activity poses a grave risk of harm to our communities as well as to many of our institutions,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan for the Northern District of Georgia followed. “The defendants charged in this case allegedly perpetrated numerous violent and other criminal offenses, including multiple murders, brutal assaults, and drug trafficking crimes, on behalf of the gang Sex Money Murder. For more than a decade, these gang members and their associates allegedly orchestrated a criminal enterprise within and outside of multiple prisons to earn money for, boost their status in, and impose discipline required by the gang. This indictment is the culmination of a lengthy and carefully coordinated federal and state law enforcement investigation aimed at dismantling this violent group.”

Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division also added,

The FBI and its partners will not stand by as members of an elaborate criminal enterprise engage in acts that endanger our communities. There are consequences for partaking in illegal activity, and this does not change when some of the bad actors are already behind bars. We will continue to ensure that members of the Sex Money Murder gang face justice for their alleged misconduct, which includes drug trafficking, firearms violations, and egregious violence.

Last, Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Murphy commented,

It’s alarming to think that these criminals were brazen enough to distribute dangerous drugs and commit heinous crimes while behind bars. They must now face the consequences.

Per officials, the indictment claims that the defendants among other members committed several acts of violence of the racketeering conspiracy, including “storming a home and shooting multiple rounds of ammunition into a bathroom, killing a 9-month-old boy; on multiple occasions, incarcerated SMM members murdering, stabbing, or beating other inmates for disrespecting SMM leadership or violating SMM rules; and shooting and killing another SMM member on belief that the member had cooperated with law enforcement.”

The defendants charged in the indictment include:

  • Ryan Brandt, aka Street Life and Robert Kraft, 44, of Hays State Prison in Trion - RICO conspiracy, conspiring, aiding, and abetting, and possessing a controlled substance and a controlled substance analogue with the intent to distribute
  • Kyle Oree, aka Nasty Nu, 52, of Washington State Prison in Davisboro, Georgia -  RICO conspiracy, conspiring to possess and possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute and a controlled substance analogue with the intent to distribute;
  • Chase Pinckney, aka Chase Pickney, Three Shots, Noriega, and Sinatra, 38, of Ware State Prison in Waycross, Georgia - RICO conspiracy and conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute;
  • Elton Jackson, aka 2gz and John Madden, 41, of Telfair State Prison in Helena, Georgia -  RICO conspiracy and conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute;
  • Sean Carr, aka Nut and Nutkase, 51, of FCI Talladega in Talladega, Alabama - RICO conspiracy and conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute;
  • Lavorsia Jones, aka Shitbag, 23, of Dacula, Georgia - RICO conspiracy and conspiring, attempting, and possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possessing a controlled substance analogue with the intent to distribute
  • Danielle Ford, 49, of Ellenwood, Georgia - RICO conspiracy, conspiring to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possessing a controlled substance analogue with the intent to distribute
  • Charlton King, aka Hell’s Militant Camp, 23, of Valdosta, Georgia - RICO conspiracy
  • Demarco Draughn, aka Shoota B, 28, of Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Georgia - RICO conspiracy
  • Richard Smith, aka Alleyway and Brett Favre, 36, of Ware State Prison in Waycross - RICO conspiracy and conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute
  • Rontavious Fowler, aka Lil Hot, 26, of Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Georgia - RICO conspiracy
  • Shavon Thomas, aka Shavon Edwards, 55, of Decatur, Georgia - RICO conspiracy and conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute
  • Lionel Edwards, aka Tony, Tyson, and Python, 41, of USP Florence in Florence, Colorado - RICO conspiracy
  • Anthony Jernigan, aka Hell Raiser, 36, of Hays State Prison in Trion - RICO conspiracy
  • Cedric Pierre, aka Flip, 23, of Robert A. Deyton Correctional Facility in Lovejoy, Georgia - RICO conspiracy and conspiring to possess and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute
  • Ricardo Sanchez, 40, of Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe -conspiring to possess and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute
  • Troy McCraine, 57, of Tennessee, is charged with conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute 
  • Qawwee Mitchell, 36, of Gainesville, Georgia - conspiring to possess and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime 
  • Sherri Gandy-Torres, 56, of Lakeland, Florida - conspiring to possess and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute 
  • Nyla Blacknell, 43, of Duluth, Georgia - conspiring to possess and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime 
  • Tracey Wise, 46, of Milledgeville, Georgia - conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute;
  • Shounnette Wooten, 50, of Gray, Georgia - conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute
  • Kierra Williams, 31, of Milledgeville, Georgia - conspiring to possess a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance analogue with the intent to distribute

Per officials, multiple agencies are investigating the case including, the FBI, the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program, the DEA, and the Georgia Department of Corrections are investigating the case. The agencies also received “valuable assistance” from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, the Georgia State Patrol, the Brookhaven Police Department, the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, the DeKalb County Police Department, the Douglasville Police Department, the East Point Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Gwinnett County Police Department, the Marietta Police Department, the Riverdale Police Department, the Sandy Springs Police Department, and the South Fulton Police Department.

Trial Attorney Lisa M. Thelwell of the Criminal Division’s Violent Crime and Racketeering Section (VICAR) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore S. Hertzberg for the Northern District of Georgia are prosecuting the case, and former VICAR Trial Attorney Rebecca R. Dunnan previously prosecuted the case, per officials.


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