Feds say 83 gang leaders, members arrested in 5-state raid

Feds say 83 gang leaders, members arrested in 5-state raid

The arrests are the result of a massive FBI investigation into the United Blood Nation, a nationwide gang.

The FBI, joined by state and local law enforcement agents, began rounding up the suspected gang members early Thursday, and vans filled with the prisoners began arriving at the federal courthouse in Charlotte before 10 a.m.

A 2015 indictment named 12 Charlotte members in connection with three murders, including the October 2014 killings of Doug and Debbie London, who were shot down in their home to keep them from testifying against the UBN members who tried to rob their mattress store.

A federal grand jury returned the indictments on Monday.

Authorities said 83 United Blood Nation members were charged in the indictment, the largest single indictment in the history of the North Carolina Western District.

The indictment says the gang members purchased and circulated firearms used in their crimes. Innocent families should not suffer because of the violent actions of others.

"Today's law enforcement action delivered a serious blow to the leadership structure throughout the ranks of this criminal organization", U.S. Attorney Jill Rose said.

The indictment also says that some defendants engaged in bank fraud and wire fraud to generate proceeds to pay gang dues, maintain membership with the gang, discipline other gang members and to be promoted within gang leadership.