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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 28, 2019

High-Ranking Member Of ‘Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods’ Pleads Guilty In Connection With Manhattan Armed Robbery And Brooklyn Shooting

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that KIFANO JORDAN, a/k/a “Shotti,” pleaded guilty today in Manhattan federal court to firearms offenses in connection with a robbery and a non-fatal shooting carried out as part of his participation in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods (“Nine Trey”).  U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer presided over the defendant’s guilty plea.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Today, Kifano Jordan admitted in open court to committing multiple acts of violence in furtherance of the Nine Trey enterprise.  This conduct is simply intolerable.  We continue our daily work with our law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe and to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who bring violence to our streets.”

As alleged in the underlying Indictment and statements made in open court:

Nine Trey was a criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including shootings, robberies, and assaults in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Members and associates of Nine Trey engaged in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, to promote the standing and reputation of Nine Trey, and to protect the gang’s narcotics business.  Members and associates of Nine Trey enriched themselves by committing robberies and selling drugs, such as heroin, fentanyl, furanly fentanyl, MDMA, dibutylone, and marijuana. 

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JORDAN, 36, of Brooklyn, pled guilty to one count of using and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence for an assault with a dangerous weapon that occurred in Manhattan on April 3, 2018, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and must run consecutively to any other sentence imposed; and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence for a shooting that occurred in Brooklyn on April 21, 2018, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and must run consecutively to any other sentence imposed. 

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by Judge Engelmayer.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Longyear, Jacob Warren, Jonathan Rebold, and Sebastian Swett are in charge of the prosecution.

 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
19-102
Updated March 28, 2019