Gang Members Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Terms
Las Vegas, Nev. – Rolling 60s Crips gang members Darreal Biddle, aka "D-Locc", age 26, of North Las Vegas, and Floyd Strickland, aka "Lil'l" and "Telles", age 27, of Las Vegas, were sentenced today to 29 years and 22 years in prison, respectively, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. The two gang members pleaded guilty in May to Conspiracy to Engage in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) which included acts of robbery and the murders of four men. The gang operated drug houses and committed numerous acts of violence in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas from about 1990 until 2003.
Their terms of imprisonment will be followed by five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system, and inmates must serve the majority of their sentence in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
"These sentences mark the end of a five-year long investigation and prosecution of the Rolling 60s in the Las Vegas area," said U.S. Attorney Bogden. "We will continue to pursue and prosecute federally thugs who deal drugs, commit violent crimes and terrorize our community."
Darreal Biddle admitted that as a "Y.G." or "Young Gangsta" within the Rolling 60s, he committed three murders between 1997 and 2003. On December 21, 1997, Biddle knowingly and intentionally killed taxi cab driver Billy Rex Traver during a robbery on Cadillac Lane in North Las Vegas, and on September 26, 2001, he knowingly and intentionally killed Patrick Hawkins and Adrian Williams during a robbery at an apartment on Jackson Street that was being used for drug distribution. Three others, Myron Manghum, Kevin Fleming, and Demarco Parker were also prosecuted federally for the murders of Hawkins and Williams, and were convicted and sentenced to 14 years (Manghum, Fleming) and life imprisonment (Parker).
Defendant Strickland admitted that he was a "Y.G." or "Young Gangsta" who acted as a manager/supervisor and operated drug houses for the Rolling 60s Crips. On May 9, 2003, Strickland knowingly and intentionally shot Jessie McFadden in the parking lot of Mario's West Side Market at the corner of Martin Luther King and Lake Mead Boulevards in North Las Vegas for the purpose of retaliating against an enemy of the gang. McFadden died of the injury nine days later.
Biddle and Strickland were among 22 defendants originally charged in August 2003 with Participating in a RICO, drug distribution, maintaining drug houses, and numerous acts of violence, including five murders, arson, and robberies of grocery stores and a casino. Twenty-one defendants pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to periods of imprisonment ranging from four to 29 years. The last defendant, Calvin Moten, pleaded guilty yesterday, September 11, 2006, to Engaging in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 11, 2006. Another 20 members of the Rolling 60s Crips were charged and convicted in related cases. Prison sentences in those cases ranged from two years to life imprisonment.
The investigation and prosecution of the members of the Rolling 60s Crips and their involvement in violent crime and drug trafficking in Clark County, Nevada, is the largest of its kind in the area, and has required the resources, coordination and cooperation of numerous federal, state and local agencies. The federal cases were investigated by the FBI's Violent Crime Squad, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, and the North Las Vegas Police Department, and are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Bliss and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre.