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Date: 03-13-2018

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United States of America v. Sherman Devante Addison, et al.

Western District of North Carolina Courthouse - Charlotte, North Carolina

Case Number: 3:17-cr-00134-FDW-DSC

Judge: FDW

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Plaintiff's Attorney: Laquida Shuntae Poston, Elizabeth Greene, Christopher S. Hess, Bethany J. Lipman, Matthew Thomas Warren

Defendant's Attorney: Christopher W. Adams and Peter Adolf for Lamonte Kentrell Lloyd


Renae Alt-Summers for Isaac Nabah McIntosh


Howard W. Anderson, III for Charles Kenyon Lytle


Michael E. Archenbronn for Richard Diaz


Brian Michael Aus for Isaiah Devon Stallworth


James M. Ayers, II for Lavaughn Auntonio Hanton


Eric A. BAch for Deshawn Deonta Peterkin


Derrick R. Bailey for James Walter Dowdle


Andrew Brady Banzhoff for Raheam Shumar Hopper


Joseph Luther Bell, Jr. for Montraya Antwain Atkinson


David G. Belser for Jasmin Reikeem Hicks


Theadore J. Besen for Quincy Delone Haynes


Dhamian A. Blue for Brandon Theodore Manning


Charles R. Brewer for Jhad Elijah Thorbourne


Robert Alexander Broadie for Alandus Montrell Smith


Tonja D. Brooks for Peatrez Lamar Teaste


Richard Lamb Brown, Jr. for Freddrec Deandre Banks


John David Bryson for Terry Lavon Maddox


Corey D. Buggs for Christopher Dentre Hamrick


Christopher Dentre Hamrick for Jesse James Watkins


John James Cacheris for Sherman Devante Addison


Harvey Alexander Carpenter, IV for Jalen Raekwon Hackney


Damon John Chetson for Dricko Dashon Huskey


John Scott Coalter for John Scott Coalter


John Scott Coalter for Marquel Michael Cunningham


Robert Kelly Corbett, III for Antonio Dontre Brooks


Antonio Dontre Brooks for Laquida Shuntae Poston


Mary Jude Darrow for Alex Levi Cox


Roderick Glenn Davis for Renaldo Rodregus Camp


Alan Doorasamy, Sr for Quitez Lamar Watkins


Mark Everette Edwards for Cedric Lexander Surratt


Jay H. Ferguson for Twylain Wilson


Christopher C. Fialko for Omari Rosero


John Clark Fischer for John Clark Fischer


Denzil H. Forrester for Adrian Nayron Coker


Adrian Nayron Coker for Denzel Lamont Spikes


Jeffrey W. Gillette for Lavon Christopher Turner


Rosemary Godwin for Omar Lionel Reed


Scott Hadden Gsell for James Brandin Pegues


J. George Guise for Latif Nakia Antoine Johnson


Charles Henry Harp, II for Joe Tarpeh Johnson


James Ryan Hawes for Ronald Anthony Wofford


W Rob Heroy for Renaire Roshique Lewis, Jr.


Mekka Danielle Jeffers-Nelson for Denzel Lamont Spikes


Thomas Hilton Johnson, Jr. for Thomas Hilton Johnson, Jr.


Matthew Collin Joseph for James Baxton


James W. Kilbourne, Jr. for Kenneth Marquise Ruff


Randolph Marshall Lee for David Matthew Lowe


Simon Massie for Aaron Demitri Alexander


Robert L McClellan for Anthony ONeil Harrison


R. Andrew McCoppin for Rashad Sattar


Daniel Baker McIntyre, III for D'Angelo De'Mara McNeil
Reggie E. McKnight for Thomas Oliver


James Patrick McLoughlin, Jr. for Patrick Devon Wray


Rebecca McNerney for Bianca Kiashie Harrison


Steven T. Meier for Austin Demontry Potts


Aaron E. Michel for Cynthia Gilmore


Miranda J. Mills for John Paul Durant


Julia Grace Mimms for Destinee Danyell Blakeney


Charles Linwood Morgan, Jr. for Christopher Lashon Miller


Christopher Lashon Miller for Bobby Earl Hines


Seth Allen Neyhart for Seth Allen Neyhart


Allen Thomas O'Rourke for Barrington Audley Lattibeaudiere


Lucky Theophilus Osho for Delonte Maurice Hicks


Walter Hoytt Paramore, III for Christopher Lashon Miller


Helen Louise Parsonage for Jonathan Wray


Renorda E. Pryor for Renorda E. Pryor


Samuel John Randall, IV for Myquan Lamar Nelson


Myquan Lamar Nelson for Barrington Audley Lattibeaudiere


Ross Hall Richardson for Lamonte Kentrell Lloyd


Daniel Powers Roberts for Renaire Roshique Lewis, Jr.


Stacey Dawn Rubain for Laquida Shuntae Poston


John Carlyle Sherrill, III for John Carlyle Sherrill, III


Jeremy Barrett Smith for Jalen Raekwon Hackney


Mitchell Glenn Styers for Tyquan Ramont Powell


Raymond C. Tarlton for Raymond C. Tarlton


Haakon Thorsen for Juan Cruz Leon


Richard H. Tomberlin for Shamon Movair Goins


Amos Granger Tyndall for Amos Granger Tyndall


R. Brent Walker for Travis Cordell McClain


James Stephens Weidner, Jr. for Thomas Oliver


Brett Thomas Wentz for Pedro Gutierrez


Edwin Love West, III for Christopher O'Brien Moore


Wesley Steven White for Wesley Steven White


Alex R. Williams for Terrence Thomas Johnsom


S. Frederick Winiker, III for Bradley Beauchamp


Samuel Bayness Winthrop for Muhammad John Jackson


Roderick Morris Wright, Jr. for Rashad Monte King

Hayes Sheffield Ludlum for Wesley Javon Howze


John Richard Martin for Tyquan Ramont Powell



Description: Charlotte, NC - 35 Members and Associates of Bloods Gang Plead Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy and Related Charges, Including Drug Trafficking and Wire Fraud

Thirty-five members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the United Blood Nation (UBN) street gang, including a “Godfather” as well as other high-ranking leaders of the organization, have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and related charges in North Carolina, including drug trafficking, wire fraud, firearm possession, and the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and drug trafficking.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray for the Western District of North Carolina, and Special Agent in Charge John Strong of the FBI Charlotte, North Carolina Field Division, made the announcement.

“The pleas announced today are part of an extensive investigation by a broad array of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies—including the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section—whose goal has been to disrupt and dismantle the Nine Trey Gangsters, a dangerous set of the United Blood Nation street gang,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “By targeting the high-ranking individuals who were directing the gang’s activities—from locations up and down the eastern United States, both within prisons and in our communities—today’s pleas constitute a substantial step towards the gang’s eradication.”

“When my office indicted 83 Bloods gang members and senior leaders, the goal was to deliver a major blow to this organized criminal enterprise responsible for raging turf wars, rampant drug distribution and bloody gang violence,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “We’ve made significant progress toward that goal but the work is far from over. Communities across Western North Carolina know firsthand the trail of violence and devastation gangs leave behind. We have a duty to protect the public from gang violence and to bring relief to neighborhoods afflicted by gang activity. Working with our law enforcement partners we will continue to combine our efforts and resources to keep our communities safe and to protect our children from violent street gangs.”

“The assaults, the robberies, the drug deals, each and every crime committed by these ruthless gang members was a blow to the safety of our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Strong. “The guilty pleas by these suspects are the next step in securing justice for every innocent person who was impacted by the violent actions of these gangs members.”

Omari Rosero, aka Uno B, 41, of Elmira, New York, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. According to the factual basis of Rosero’s plea agreement, the Nine Trey Gangsters’ leadership proceeds in rank, from lowest to highest, from “Scrap,” “1-Star General” through “5-Star General,” “Low,” “High,” and, “Godfather.” During his plea, Omari Rosero admitted to holding the leadership rank of “High,” and to serving as an acting “Godfather” of the entire UBN gang. According to a recorded jail call, Omari Rosero admitted to being, together with Pedro Gutierrez, aka Magoo, and James Baxton, aka Frank White, “the last ones that God put in power” over the UBN. Rosero conducted gang business and participated in the distribution of gang dues while incarcerated in the New York State Department of Corrections.

Porsha Talina Rosero, aka Lady Uno B, 35, of Syracuse, New York, pleaded guilty today to racketeering conspiracy. Rosero, who has a tattoo of “Mrs. Uno B” on her chest, referring to Omari Rosero, maintained a Facebook account through which private messages were sent from Omari Rosero to other Bloods leaders. According to the factual basis of her plea agreement, Porsha Rosero further admitted to participating in the distribution of gang dues, and to participating in a phone call during which Omari Rosero stated that a suspected cooperator would be “faded straight up.”

In addition to Omari and Porsha Rosero, seven other defendants with high-ranking leadership positions have previously pleaded guilty in this investigation:

Montraya Antwain Atkinson, aka Hardbody, 31, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. According to the factual basis of his plea agreement, Atkinson admitted to holding the leadership rank of “High,” and admitted to possessing marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute, and to purchasing and selling powder cocaine;
Adrian Nayron Coker, aka Gotti, 28, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics. According to the factual basis of his plea agreement, Coker admitted to holding the leadership rank of “Low,” and to possessing a stolen firearm and ammunition, despite having previously been convicted of a felony. Moreover, according to a court-approved wiretap, Coker was recorded discussing a potential murder of a rival gang member;
Quincy Delone Haynes, aka Black Montana, 39, of Lawndale, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and three counts of trafficking cocaine. According to the factual basis of this plea agreement, Haynes admitted to holding the leadership rank of “Low”;
Barrington Audley Lattibeaudiere, aka Bandana and Bobby Seale, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the factual basis of his plea agreement, Lattibeaudiere admitted to holding the leadership rank of “High,” and coordinating the transmission of hundreds of dollars of UBN gang dues to Gutierrez and Baxton. Lattibeaudiere further admitted to participating in a scheme to make and attempt to make over $64,000 in purchases using fraudulent credit and gift cards;
Bianca Kiashie Harrison, aka Lady Gunz, 28, of Midway Park, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. According to the factual basis of Harrison’s plea agreement, Harrison admitted to holding the leadership rank of “High,” and to participating, at facilities within the New York Department of Corrections, in gang leadership meetings with alleged UBN Godfathers Gutierrez and Baxton;
MyQuan Lamar Nelson, aka Dripz, 27, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and heroin trafficking, and according to the factual basis of his plea agreement admitted to holding the leadership rank of “Low”; and
Tywlain Wilson, aka 5 Alive, 25, of Shelby, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and firearm possession in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. According to the factual basis of his plea agreement, Wilson admitted to holding the leadership rank of “Low.”

Furthermore, the following defendants have also pleaded guilty in this case:

Destinee Danyell Blakeney, aka Lady Rude, 23, of Morven, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Brandon Khalil Covington, aka Blokka, 25, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking;
Christopher Dentre Hamrick, aka Red Dot, 28, of Shelby, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
Anthony ONeil Harrison, aka Ant, 20, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Delonte Maurice Hicks, aka BBB Shooter and Black, 29, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Raheam Shumar Hopper, aka Bone, 24, of Shelby, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Muhammad John Jackson, aka Picasso, 33, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Terrence Thomas Johnsom, aka Sypher, 41, of Durham, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Joe Tarpeh Johnson, aka JR, Big Pusha, and Kutthroat, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and to conspiracy to commit wire fraud;
Latif Nakia Antoine Johnson, aka Billy Solo, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Rashad Monte King, aka Billy Kilo Montana, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
David Matthew Lowe, aka Gucci, 26, of Shelby, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Charles Kenyon Lytle, aka Kam, 40, of Concord, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
Brandon Theodore Manning, aka Billy B, 29, of Columbia, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Isaac Nabah McIntosh, aka Mac, 27, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
D’Angelo De’Mara McNeil, aka Dutch, 27, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Kolawole Olalekan Omotosho, aka Rugged Red, 19, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
James Brandin Pegues, 31, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Deshawn Deonta Peterkin, aka Proo, 29, of Wallace, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Austin Demontry Potts, aka Big Tek and B-Tek, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Rashad Sattar, 20, of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and to conspiracy to commit wire fraud;
Anthony Bernard Smith, 25, aka Redd Lion, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Isaiah Devon Stallworth, aka Zay and Juice, 25, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and to use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence;
Cedric Surratt, aka Hollywood, aka 5-Star, aka Lingo, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy;
Lavon Christopher Turner, aka Hungry, 28, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and to conspiracy to commit wire fraud; and
Jesse James Watkins, aka Showtime, 34, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

According to admissions made in connection with the plea agreements, the UBN is a violent criminal street gang operating throughout the east coast of the United States since its inception as a prison gang in 1993. UBN members are often identified by their use of the color red, and can also often be identified by common tattoos or burn marks. Examples include: a three-circle pattern, usually burned onto the upper arm, known as a “dog paw”; the acronym “M.O.B.,” which stands for “Member of Bloods”; the words “damu,” or “eastside”; the number five; the five-pointed star; and the five-pointed crown. UBN members have distinct hand signs and written codes, which are used to identify other members and rival gang members. The Nine Trey Gangster set of the UBN refer to themselves as “Billies.”

Furthermore, the plea agreements note that the UBN is governed by a common set of 31 rules, known as “The 31,” which were originally written by the founders of the UBN. Members of the UBN are expected to conduct themselves and their illegal activity according to rules and regulations set by their leaders. Prominent among these is a requirement to pay monthly dues to the organization, often in the amounts of $31 or $93. A percentage of these funds are transferred to incarcerated UBN leadership in New York; these funds also are used locally to conduct gang business. UBN gang dues are derived from illegal activity performed by subordinate UBN members including narcotics trafficking, robberies, wire fraud, and bank fraud, among other forms of illegal racketeering activities.

The convictions are the result of a joint effort by the FBI; the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department; the Shelby Police Department; the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; the Gastonia Police Department; the North Carolina State Highway Patrol; the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office; the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice; the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles; the U.S. Federal Probation; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command; and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of Special Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

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