Federal Bureau of Investigation targets 83 suspected United Blood Nation gang members

Federal Bureau of Investigation targets 83 suspected United Blood Nation gang members

Authorities announced Thursday morning that federal and local law enforcement made dozens of arrests in the Charlotte area as part of a massive gang crackdown operation. Ten of the suspects remained at large Thursday, including nine members of the Trey Gangsters, an arm of the United Blood Nation.

Many of those named in the federal indictment already are in custody under state charges. The 163-page indictment is the largest single indictment in the history of the North Carolina Western District. The indictment also says gang members engaged in bank fraud and wire fraud. The U.S. Department of Justice said more than 600 federal, state and local law enforcement officers carried out the arrest warrants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and NY.

The 83 suspects indicted in Western North Carolina are accused of homicides, robberies, witness tampering, narcotics offenses, identity thefts, racketeering, obstruction of justice, assaults and numerous other crimes starting in 2009 or earlier.

A lot of them are from the Charlotte region, including Shelby and Gastonia.

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.

But Rose, a lifelong federal prosecutor who was appointed U.S. Attorney in Charlotte under President Barack Obama, said the Trump administration's tougher sentencing and greater commitment of resources, have strengthened the fight against violent gangs.

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

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