NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced a superseding indictment against nine people for gang-related activity in New Orleans, including two men for their alleged involvement in a Mother’s Day shooting at a second line that left 19 injured.
According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, the indictment “specifically alleges that Akein Scott and his brother, Shawn Scott, discharged firearms into a Mother’s Day second-line parade on May 12, 2013, in furtherance of that drug conspiracy.”
The nine people -- Travis Scott, 29, Stanley Scott, 22, Shawn Scott, 25, Akein Scott, 20, Jeremiah Jackson, 23, Gralen Benson, 26, Brian Benson, 24, Crystal Scott, 32, and Richmond Smith, 25 -- are alleged to be members of the Frenchmen/Derbigny gang, or “FnD,” and were indicted with violating federal drug and firearm laws by a federal grand jury on Feb. 27. The Scotts are all brothers, and federal authorities contend Travis is the ringleader of the gang.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the gang conspired from 2006 through 2013 to violate federal drug distribution laws, and Travis Scott, Stanley Scott, Shawn Scott, Akein Scott, Jeremiah Jackson, Gralen Benson and Richmond Smith allegedly used guns to run that drug-dealing operation as part of the Frenchmen/Derbigny gang.
The superseding indictment is the result of a coordinated effort between federal, state law and local law enforcement authorities which make up the Multi-Agency Gang Unit.
“Following one of the most despicable shootings in our city’s recent history, our federal, state and local law enforcement partners collaborated in an unprecedented fashion to identify the allegedly responsible individuals,” said Polite.
“This superseding indictment reflects the results of the MAG Unit’s outstanding work. Let this be a signal to the entire community: those who terrorize our streets through drug trafficking and gun violence will be brought to justice.”
While Richmond Smith and Crystal Scott remain at large, the MAG Unit arrested Gralen Benson and Jeremiah Jackson on Mar. 7 and Brian Benson on Monday. Travis Scott is in federal custody, and Stanley Scott, Shawn Scott and Akein Scott are in state custody, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.