DANVILLE, VA - 18 suspected gang members and associates have been indicted on charges ranging from murder to drug distribution to obstruction of justice.
Federal, state and local authorities announced Thursday afternoon the largest and most significant federal prosecution of organized gang activity in the Western District of Virginia in at least a decade.
A federal grand jury in Charlottesville returned two separate indictments under seal on June 11. On Thursday, both indictments were unsealed following the arrests of the 18 defendants.
The first indictment charges eight members of the MILLAs, a set of the Bloods street gang that has operant in Danville since 2015.
This indictment charges members with federal racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering that includes murder, attempted murder, and numerous counts of using firearms in the commission of violent crimes.
The second indictment charges seven members of the Rollin 60s, a set of Crips street gang that has been in Danville since 2015. The charges are federal racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering that includes murder, attempted murder, and numerous counts of using firearms in the commission of violent crimes.
Three women who are reportedly associates of the Rollin 60s were also indicted on charges of being accessories after the fact, obstruction of justice and perjury.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI, Danville Police, Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, and the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Danville.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Heather L. Carlton and Ronald M. Huber will prosecute the case for the United States.
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