The inside story of Detroit’s gang wars, a battle, prosecutors say was fueled by Instagram hit lists and the Seven Mile Bloods, the social-media savvy gang that had a death grip on both the opioid drug trade and one of the deadliest parts of America’s most violent big city.
Federal indictments were announced Thursday for several gang members who allegedly run a criminal enterprise involving violence, drugs and weapons right across the Eight Mile Road border with Macomb County’s Eastpointe. A law enforcement partnership known as Detroit One has led to racketeering charges against a member of the Seven Mile Blood street gang, according to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.
Two men who held up two Detroit Dollar General stores — one of the twice — in late 2014 and early 2015 were convicted of armed robbery Tuesday in federal court, the Justice Department said. They were arrested after an investigation as part the Detroit One initiative, a collaborative effort to crack down on violent crime in the city.
“His revenge had no limits.” That’s how a federal prosecutor described a Vice Lords street gang leader who was sentenced Tuesday to 13½ years in prison in the shooting of a mom, her two sons and 15-year-old daughter — who were all gunned down with an AK-47 because the two sons tried to quit a gang.
A leader of the violent Vice Lords Detroit street gang has been sentenced to just over 12 years in prison. According to the U.S Attorney’s Office, 36-year old Kenneth Smith of Detroit pleaded guilty back in February to RICO conspiracy and one count of failure to appear in court in connection with the non-fatal shooting of four people with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Seven alleged members of a Detroit branch of the Vice Lords gang have been indicted in federal court on attempted murder and assault charges. Prosecutors allege the victims were four family members shot because two of them wanted to leave the gang, known as the Traveling Vice Lords.
A convicted racketeer who authorities say led a violent motorcycle gang was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison. Antonio Johnson, 39, of Detroit, was accused of being “national president” of the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club, and at the same time a “three-star general” of the Vice Lords street gang.
Antonio Johnson, aka Big Bro, who authorities say was the National President of the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club in Detroit and was involved in a plot to kill a large number of rival gang members, was sentenced Tuesday in Detroit to 35 years in prison.“ The Phantom Motorcycle Club used violence and plotted murder in an effort to prevail in a gang war against rival motorcycle clubs in Michigan and throughout the country, and its leaders and members attempted to kill anyone who stood in their way.”