Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Firearm Charges
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROY ISIAH JACKSON, also known as “I”, 22, of New Haven, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to federal racketeering and firearm offenses stemming from his participation in a violent New Haven-based street gang.
This matter stems from an investigation into a criminal enterprise known as the Red Side Guerilla Brims (“RSGB”), a sect of the Bloods street gang that operated in New Haven from 2011 through 2015, which was engaged in narcotics trafficking and related acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assaults and armed robberies. In addition to distributing crack cocaine and other narcotics in and around New Haven, members and associates of the RSGB, transported crack and heroin to Bangor, Maine, and sold the drugs in Bangor and its surrounding communities. The RSGB also traded narcotics for firearms, brought the firearms back to New Haven and distributed them to gang members.
According to court documents and statements made in court, JACKSON was a member of the RSGB. In pleading guilty, he admitted that, on March 19, 2012, he was involved in an exchange of gunfire with a rival gang on Genesee Street in New Haven. Although approximately 30 shots were fired during the incident, no one was injured.
In addition, on May 30, 2012, JACKSON and others, armed with firearms, committed a home invasion robbery of a residence located on Putnam Street in New Haven, during which they threatened the residents and removed a safe containing an amount of cash from the home.
JACKSON also participated in the trafficking of crack cocaine in Connecticut and Maine from 2011 until approximately June 2012.
JACKSON pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years, and one count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, an offense that carries a mandatory consecutive term of imprisonment of at least five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
Chief Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for May 11, 2017.
JACKSON is detained.
This investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the New Haven Police Department, the Connecticut Department of Correction, the Connecticut State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Hamden Police Department. The New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office also provided critical assistance in the investigation.
An instrumental component of the investigation has been the work of the Connecticut State Crime Laboratory in utilizing the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to analyze ballistics evidence.
This matter is being prosecuted in the District of Connecticut by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Spector, Peter Markle and Jocelyn Kaoutzanis. A related case in the District of Maine is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey.