Members of Wilmington Bloods Gang Sentenced in Federal Court
RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that yesterday, TYKE’EKE MONTE HINES, 19, of Wilmington, North Carolina, was sentenced in federal court by Chief United States District Judge, James C. Dever, III, to 84 months imprisonment after having been convicted of providing a firearm to a convicted felon.
“A top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is to reduce the levels of violent crime and gang activity that are terrorizing communities in our District. This prosecution is an example of how we will combat violent gang members and hold them accountable,” said Robin Pendergraft, Criminal Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“The FBI is committed to dismantling the violent gangs that threaten the safety and stability of our neighborhoods. This investigation is an outstanding example of what federal, state, and local law enforcement can accomplish when we combine resources to address a threat,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.
An investigation by federal and state law enforcement agencies revealed that HINES was member of the Nine Trey Gangsters (“Nine Trey”), a subset of the United Blood Nation (“UBN”) street gang responsible for widespread drug distribution and violent crime in the Wilmington area.
During the months of July and August of 2016, law enforcement intercepted the communications of Nine Trey gang-leader KEJUAN SMITH pursuant to a federal Title III wiretap order. SMITH was intercepted communicating with subordinate gang members on a daily basis in furtherance of drug transactions, extortion, firearms offenses, and other gang-related crime.
In early-August, 2016, intercepted communications exposed a conflict between SMITH and the leader of a UBN set in Goldsboro. As the conflict escalated, SMITH coordinated with his subordinate gang members to gather firearms belonging to the Nine Trey and to prepare for an armed confrontation.
On August 4, 2016, SMITH, HINES, and others stockpiled firearms and ammunition at a Wilmington residence in anticipation of traveling to Goldsboro the following day to carry out a hit on the rival gang member. That evening, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence, resulting in the seizure of firearms and ammunition, including: one AR-22 .22 caliber assault rifle with attached 30 round magazine; one .38 caliber revolver; two stolen 9mm handguns; one stolen .40 caliber handgun; one stolen .45 caliber handgun; one .45 caliber handgun; one .38 caliber Derringer; one .40 caliber handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition; one .22 caliber handgun loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition; one .22 caliber handgun loaded with nine rounds of ammunition; one 12 gauge shotgun; one .223 caliber assault rifle with an attached 30 round magazine; one extended magazine containing 26 rounds of 9mm ammunition; one 29 round magazine containing eight .40 caliber rounds of ammunition; 50 rounds of .223 ammunition; one .40 caliber round of ammunition; twenty-five .22 caliber rounds of ammunition; eleven 9mm rounds of ammunition; 2 magazines containing seven 5.56 rounds of ammunition; one .22 caliber round of ammunition; and one military grade ballistic vest.
Multiple co-defendants were charged and have already been sentenced in federal court in connection with this prosecution:
KEJUAN TIZOM SHABAZZ SMITH was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and firearms offenses and sentenced to 327 months imprisonment. KASHIF ARDE RHODES was convicted of possession of a firearm by felon and sentenced to 102 months imprisonment. KHALIL DJOUR TRUESDALE was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and sentenced to 78 months imprisonment. THEODORE PIERCE was convicted of heroin distribution and firearms offenses and sentenced to 102 months imprisonment. THEODORE HARDY was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 84 months imprisonment. TAKEEM LEINARD COLLINS was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment. NYQUAY AKEI ROUSE was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 16 months imprisonment. DAENZAL MURPHY was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 14 months imprisonment. ALICIA RASHAWN JOHNSON was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 13 months imprisonment. DARRELL TYKWAN ATKINSON was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 14 months imprisonment.
This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug
Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation investigating narcotics distribution and gang activity.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of the FBI Charlotte Division’s Wilmington Resident Agency, the Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Onslow County Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Police Department, and the Carteret County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Toby Lathan handled the prosecution of this case for the Government.