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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 30, 2019

“Block Boyz” gang leader and last two members sentenced to serve time in federal prison

Gang members receive a cumulative of 108 years in federal prison

SHREVEPORT, La. – The “Block Boyz” gang leader and final two defendants have been sentenced to federal prison, announced David C. Joseph, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana.  DeMarcus D. Morris, 30, Jimmie R. Durden Jr., 30, and Gary J. McCain, 24, all of Shreveport, Louisiana, were sentenced this week in federal court for being part of a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy, and for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

DeMarcus D. Morris, the ring leader of the “Block Boyz” gang, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote, to serve 405 months in federal prison for RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (including crack cocaine, powder cocaine, Roxicodone and ecstasy), distribution of crack cocaine, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. 

On Thursday, Judge Foote sentenced the remaining two defendants, Jimmie R. Durden Jr., and Gary J. McCain, respectively, to 190 months in federal prison and 110 months in federal prison for RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (including crack cocaine), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Morris, Durden and McCain were named in an 18-count indictment filed in June of 2017 charging nine defendants with various crimes including RICO conspiracy, distributions of controlled substances, convicted felons in possession of firearms, and conspiracies to commit violent crimes.  On October 3, 2018, following a two and a half-week trial, Marcus, Durden, and McCain were found guilty along with co-defendants, Lonnie D. Johnson and Larshandra C. Davenport.  Defendants, Frank J. Morris, Ravion M. Alford, and Rodrick R. Hicks previously pleaded guilty to the RICO conspiracy and have been sentenced.  Defendant, Golanda W. Atkins, was dismissed from the indictment on September 7, 2018.

“We hope that today a measure of peace is felt in the Queensborough neighborhood that this gang terrorized,” said U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.  “These defendants will be behind bars for years and miles away from the people that they harmed.

“And to those terrorizing their neighborhoods with firearm violence, to those poisoning our community with illegal drugs; make no mistake, we are coming for you,” Joseph continued.  “If you don’t make a change in your life, your future – assuming that you aren’t killed by the drugs you sell or the firearms you carry – will be in federal prison.  This is not a threat, it’s a promise.

“I want to thank the local and federal law enforcement officers who put it all on the line to convict these criminals,” said Joseph. “I also want to thank the prosecutors from my office for their hard work making and trying this case.”

“Along with our partners, the FBI has dedicated significant time, manpower, and resources toward investigating the “Block Boyz” gang,” said the FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony Riedlinger.  “Justice has been served to those who chose to traffic and distribute illicit narcotics and terrorize their communities with senseless firearm violence. We will continue to enforce the laws and intervene when drugs and violence lead to the death of our citizens.”

The defendants have now been convicted and sentenced for their part in the conspiracy:

Co-Defendant

Date of Conviction

Sentencing/Charge

 

Demarcus D. Morris, 30, of Shreveport, Louisiana

 

October 3, 2018 (trial)

 

August 27 2019 405 months in prison and $108,130 restitution

 

Frank J. Morris, 26, of Shreveport, Louisiana

August 30, 2018 (guilty plea)

July 23, 2019 60 months in prison for RICO conspiracy.

 

Jimmie R. Durden Jr., 30, of Shreveport, Louisiana

October 3, 2018 (trial)

August 29, 2019 190 months in prison

 

Lonnie D. Johnson, 25, of Shreveport, Louisiana

October 3, 2018 (trial)

July 25, 2019 240 months in prison for RICO conspiracy, and $108,103 restitution.

 

Gary J. McCain, 24, of Shreveport, Louisiana

October 3, 2018 (trial)

August 29, 2019 110 months in prison

 

Ravion M. Alford, 24, of Shreveport, Louisiana

December 21, 2017 (guilty plea)

July 23, 2019 180 months in prison for RICO conspiracy.

 

Rodrick R. Hicks, 25, of Shreveport, Louisiana

January 29, 2018 (guilty plea)

September 29, 2019 42 months in prison for RICO conspiracy.

 

Larshandra C. Davenport, 46, of Shreveport, Louisiana

October 3, 2018 (trial)

July 30, 2019 71 months in prison for RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (cocaine and Roxicodone), and distribution of powder cocaine.

 

The “Block Boyz” was a criminal enterprise that primarily used the west side of the Queensborough neighborhood as their base of operations.  For many years, the defendants took part in a criminal organization known as the “Block Boyz” and the “Get Money Boyz” or “GMB.” In the federal indictment, gang members were charged with at least 66 criminal acts that members of the organization committed to further the RICO conspiracy.  The acts included armed robberies, distribution of drugs, shootings and witness intimidation. The organization sold crack cocaine, powder cocaine, Roxicodone, marijuana, Ecstasy and Alprazolam.

Gang members sold illegal drugs and committed armed robberies. They maintained and circulated a collection of firearms for use in their criminal activity and used cell phones to operate their criminal enterprise.  Members of the organization bragged about their illegal activity, such as their possession of firearms, and took pictures of themselves with firearms and money to intimidate others and increase their position in the community.  “Block Boyz” members were also the prime suspects in several homicides.

The FBI Northwest Louisiana Violent Crimes Task Force, ATF, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Shreveport Police Department, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office the participated in the investigation. Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison D. Bushnell and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath prosecuted the case.

 

Updated August 30, 2019