12 members of 8th Ward gang indicted in federal court

12 members of 8th Ward gang indicted in federal court

12 members of 8th Ward gang indicted in federal court

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Posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 5:14 PM

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NEW ORLEANS – Twelve alleged members of the 8th Ward gang Ride or Die, or R.O.D, were indicted in federal court Friday. Three members of the gang were indicted for four murders in 2010 and 2011.

The 20-count indictment included violations of the racketeer influenced corrupt organization act, violent crime in aid of racketeering, federal gun control act and controlled substances act, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal prosecutors said the indicted individuals were Deloyd Jones, 21; Byron Jones, 23; Sidney Patterson, 22; Ervin Spooner, 25; Romalis Parker, 20; Nyson Jones, 29; Tre Clements, 22; Andrealie Lewis, 34; Morris Summers, 22; Tyone Burton, 20; Tyron Burton, 19; and Perry Wilson, 22.

Among the most serious offenses were indictments for four murders. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Byron Jones and Sidney Patterson were charged with murdering Travis Arnold on Feb. 24, 2010.  Deloyd Jones was charged with murdering Rodney Coleman on Nov. 9, 2010 and Devin Hutton on Jan. 17, 2011. Deloyd Jones and Sidney Patterson were charged with murdering Corey Blue on Jan. 18, 2011. 

The indictments come following an investigation by the ATF. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, during the investigation, “specific individuals were identified as the main perpetrators of many of the violent acts and much of the narcotics distribution which occurred in the 8th Ward of New Orleans.  This group controlled narcotics distribution activities through violence and threats of violence, to include murder, attempted murder, and assaults.”

Deloyd Jones was charged with RICO conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses; 3 counts of murder in aid of racketeering; three counts of causing death through the use of a firearm ; two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; and, two counts of use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense.

Byron Jones was charged with RICO conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses; murder in aid of racketeering; causing death through the use of a firearm; two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; and, two counts of use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense.    

Sidney Patterson was charged with RICO conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses; assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense; murder in aid of racketeering; and, causing death through the use of a firearm.

Ervin Spooner was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses; and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Romalis Parker, Nyson Jones, Tre Clements, Andrealie Lewis, Morris Summers, Tyone Burton, Tyron Burton and Perry Wilson were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana, and conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses.
 

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