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Dorchester Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Dorchester man was sentenced yesterday for racketeering (RICO) conspiracy stemming from his involvement in the Boston-based street gang, NOB. 

Darius Bass, a/k/a “Tre” or “Trigga Tre,” 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 12 years in prison and three years of supervised release. On June 3, 2022, Bass pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, commonly known as RICO conspiracy.

Bass is one of 10 defendants indicted together in June 2020, as part of a broader federal sweep targeting numerous NOB street gang members and associates in which 31 total defendants were charged. All of Bass’ co-defendants have pleaded guilty to various charges and are awaiting sentencing.  

According to court documents, NOB – an abbreviation for the Norton/Olney/Barry streets in Dorchester – is a violent criminal enterprise whose members and associates are involved in numerous types of criminal activities throughout Massachusetts, including murders, attempted murders, armed robberies, drug trafficking, sex trafficking and illegal firearms offenses. During the investigation, numerous contraband items were seized including 11 firearms, over one kilogram of fentanyl (including over 2,000 fentanyl pills manufactured to appear as commercial oxycodone pills), a commercial pill press, over 15 pounds of marijuana and approximately $36,000 in cash.

Bass was an active, central and violent member of the NOB gang who personally committed, planned and supported various crimes on behalf of the gang. The Court determined that Bass was responsible for two attempted murders and took those into consideration at sentencing. Specifically, in October 2016, individuals exchanged gunfire on the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth campus in a public parking lot near campus housing. Later, in January 2017, several shots were fired at a target’s residence in a residential neighborhood in Randolph.  

First Assistant United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Brian A. Kyes, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; New Bedford Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro; Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan; Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag; Brockton Police Chief Brenda Perez; Stoughton Police Chief Donna McNamara; Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins; Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr.; Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III; and Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick W. McDermott made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Crowley and Sarah Hoefle of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit prosecuted the case. 

Updated December 15, 2022

Violent Crime