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Another alleged Blood taken into custody in Virginia

Multiple Midlands police agencies announce federal indictment against gang members Multiple Midlands police agencies announce federal indictment against gang members

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Federal authorities announced Friday morning that another one of the alleged Bloods gang members on the run has been taken into custody in Newport News.

That brings the number of alleged Columbia-area Bloods street gang members wanted in connection with a 134 count racketeering indictment to four.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas announced the indictment in Columbia on Wednesday.

Nettles said the investigation targeted the Bloods street gang. Federal prosecutors unsealed a 134-count racketeering indictment and announced that about 23 people were under arrest.

Some of the people were arrested Tuesday after the indictment charged members and associates of the United Blood Nation, also called the Bloods Street Gang. They are charged with various violations of federal law, including racketeering conspiracy, narcotics violations, firearms violations, interstate prostitution and sex trafficking.

Getting cooperation has been no easy feat for investigators.  The indictment shows the rules are: no snitching.

"They also take steps in their organization to weed out people who would turn, who would rat on them," said J.D. Rowell from the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

Investigators made the arrests on the streets of Columbia, after years of digging and researching the gang. They say the local members are behind robberies, sex trafficking, kidnapping and murders.

The indictment says the Bloods started in a New York prison in the 1970's and the gang made its way south to Carolina.

Midlands law enforcement agencies stood together Wednesday saying they infiltrated the gang, and the problem is real.

"I'm asked every day in meetings, 'Do we have gangs in Columbia?' and I think here's your absolute answer - yes!" said Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott.

Five of the defendants were already in custody. Nettles said fugitive teams are looking for nine more.

Prosecutors say the lead defendant, David Jenkins, was arrested in the Los Angeles area.  Jenkins is a Columbia area native, but was living in Huntington Beach, CA.

Investigators say all of the others accused in the indictment are either residents of the Columbia area, or from here.

Among those indicted on the racketeering count:

David Jenkins, a/k/a Arma G, a/k/a Dread

Titus Bowman, a/k/a TI

Torrean Sims, a/k/a Slim, a/k/a Arsonist

Andre Cummings, a/k/a Dre

Craig Alston, a/k/a CK

Darrell Alston, a/k/a Hell Rell

Nicholas Wright, a/k/a Tater Head

Stewart Stroman, a/k/a Stew

Brandon Hawkins, Sr., a/k/a Shotgun, a/k/a Gun

Steven Bradley, a/k/a Red Boy

Nathaniel Farmer, a/k/a Gucci

Davonte Lane, a/k/a Lil D,

Tashonda Parker, a/k/a Big Mama, a/k/a Big Mama Blood

Jarius Jones, a/k/a Buck

Bernard Breeland, Jr., a/k/a Bneezy

Calvin Hall, a/k/a Kebo

Kenneth Cottoy, a/k/a Fish, a/k/a Koppo, a/k/a Kapone

Edmond Levy, Jr., a/k/a Southside

Alex Anderson, a/k/a Black

Antwain Brisbon, a/k/a Tweeze, a/k/a Twan G

Shantane Simmons, a/k/a Shantane L. Craft

Odell Martin, Jr., a/k/a Teazy

Karish Brown, a/k/a TB

James London, a/k/a Prince, a/k/a Rockaroni

Michael Taylor, a/k/a Puncho

Shonta Harrison, a/k/a Ta

Tameka Smith, a/k/a Meka

Christen Spencer

Joshua Kitt, a/k/a Metro

Tyrone Lewis, a/k/a Ty Ty

Michael Long, a/k/a Killer

 Frank Henderson III

Hassaan Brown a/k/a Hossy

Degregory Reaves a/k/a Junior

Damien Antonio Burgess

Daion Bowers and Rhonda Baker are charged with wire fraud.  Tevin Ramsey and Darrell Alston are also charged in the indictment.

Arrests were made after serving search warrants at locations in Columbia and California. During the raids, investigators say they seized drugs, cash, guns and a bullet-proof vest.

"When you're trying to prosecute organized crime, it takes time to see the pattern to see the big picture to see it's not an isolated robbery or drug dealing activity," Rowell. 

This is the second big federal racketeering investigation to wrap up in South Carolina this summer. Last month, 19 people affiliated with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang were arrested in North and South Carolina as part of a 2-year investigation into gun and drug crimes.

If you have information concerning the remaining suspects' locations, you are urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1.888.CRIME-SC.

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