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Convicted gang members from Fauquier senteced to over 100 years of prison

Friday, Sep. 4 | By Michael Melkonian
A multi-year investigation into the Nine Trey Gangsters Bloods criminal street gang, a set of the East Coast United Blood Nation, concluded yesterday as the final defendant in the district wide investigation pleaded guilty.

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into the Nine Trey Gangsters, designated Operation Ruby Red and Operation Full Blooded Ink, led to the arrest and prosecution of 37 gang members in the Eastern District of Virginia since 2013, resulting in a total of approximately 415 years in prison for the gang members.

Eight of them were from Fauquier County, accounting for over 100 years of those prison sentences.

Much of the criminal activity in the investigation centered on the distribution of narcotics in Virginia, Maryland and the D.C. metro area, namely large quantities of crack cocaine. Other related criminal activity, which often accompanies criminal street gangs, was also discovered, including conspiracy to commit racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to distribute counterfeit currency, and possession and use of firearms.

“The ultimate success of this case is due in large part to the terrific effort of our prosecutors combined with our agency partners and case agents,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “My hope is that our efforts to investigate and prosecute these gang members will send a clear message to our communities: Violent gangs and their members will not be tolerated. They will be aggressively pursued and prosecuted at every opportunity.”

“The results announced today are due in no small part to the coordination and cooperation of the law enforcement agencies and prosecutors focused on eliminating the threat posed by violent gangs in our region,” said Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “We will continue to investigate violent gang members through collaborative efforts with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the agencies that worked this case.”

Below is a complete list of the individuals who were prosecuted, and the respective outcome of their case:

William Sykes, aka Black Gambino, 31, of Bealeton: Found guilty at trial on Feb. 21, 2014, of various crimes, including sex trafficking, distribution of narcotics and counterfeit money, violence in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Sentenced on May 9, 2014, to 30 years in prison.

George Williams, aka Champ, 30, of Bealeton: Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, and use and discharge of a firearm during an act of violence in aid of racketeering. Sentenced on April 8, 2014, to 12 years in prison.

Markeith Kerns, aka LTK, 22, of Summerduck: Pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2013, to conspiracy to commit racketeering, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Sentenced on Jan. 3, 2014, to 10 years in prison.

Janee Yates, aka Alazia, 25, of Warrenton: Pleaded guilty on Oct. 3, 2014, to conspiracy to commit racketeering, and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Sentenced on Jan. 17, 2014, to 10 years in prison.

Deontae Holland, aka D-Boy, 29, of Bealeton: Pleaded guilty on Oct. 28, 2013, to conspiracy to commit racketeering, and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Sentenced on Jan. 17, 2014, to 15 years in prison.

William Sharp Manning aka Ill Will, 26, of Warrenton: Pleaded guilty on Dec. 9, 2013, to conspiracy to commit racketeering, and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Sentenced on March 7, 2014, to 15 years in prison.

Aayron Marshal, aka Mook, 25, of Warrenton: Pleaded guilty on Oct. 10, 2013, to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Sentenced on Jan. 17, 2014, to 10 years in prison.

Lionel Ritchie, aka Boogie, 31, of Remington: Pleaded guilty on Oct. 3, 2013, to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Sentenced on Jan. 3, 2014, to 7 years in prison.

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