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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Two United Blood Nation Gang Members Sentenced to Federal Imprisonment

Columbia, South Carolina --- United States Attorney Beth Drake announced today that Spencer Johnson and Frank Truitt, both age 27, were sentenced to 87 months imprisonment and 71 months imprisonment, respectively, in federal court in Florence, South Carolina.  Both men pled guilty to participating in drug and firearm conspiracies.

Johnson and Truitt were members of the Billies East Side Bloods, a local set of the United Blood Nation, operating in the Florence and Myrtle Beach areas of South Carolina. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Andy Moorman, Johnson was a high-ranking gang member who was principally responsible for transporting to New York firearms stolen and/or unlawfully possessed by gang members, including Truitt.  Once in New York, Johnson would purchase heroin and return with it to South Carolina.  Johnson, Truitt, and other gang members would then sell the heroin locally in South Carolina.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the DEA, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, the Horry County Police Department, the Myrtle Beach Police Department, the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, the 15th Circuit’s Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Georgetown Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Everett McMillian is also assisting in the prosecution.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Andy Moorman (864) 282-2100
Updated March 7, 2018