Federal authorities recently indicted a Lincoln County man and 26 other local gang members on racketeering charges following a two-year investigation.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s western district revealed the names of 27 total “United Blood Nation” gang members in the region who allegedly “conspired to participate in a racketeering enterprise,” also known as “UBN” or “Bloods” since 2007.
One of the individuals listed included 22-year-old Lincolnton resident Maurice Terrell “Hell Rell” Robinson. Other defendants were from Dallas, Gastonia, Ranlo, Shelby, Virginia and New York.
The defendants were apprehended on May 18, two days after a grand jury indicted them, the release said.
In addition to racketeering, alleged crimes listed in the 35-count indictment included conspiracy to murder, drug trafficking, robbery and “firearms related crimes.”
Federal authorities said the individuals not only threatened each other and witnesses of their alleged criminal activity but also used money from drug sales and home invasions to fund their so-called gang.
The release added that they also allegedly talked about planning future murders and other crimes and even grew suspicious of an undercover police presence in the group.
A dozen of the defendants are currently incarcerated, and if convicted of recent indictments, face significant fines and prison time between four years and life, depending on the nature of the crime, the release stated.
The following agencies assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the case: United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. Department of Probation and Parole and multiple police agencies including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gastonia, Gaston County and Shelby.