Seven Wilmington gang members face federal charges for heroin distribution

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WILMINGTON — Seven Wilmington Blood gang members face federal charges in connection with heroin distribution in the area, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced on Friday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the gang members were taken into custody on Oct. 24 and include, 24-year-old Kejuan Tizom Shabazz Smith (aka “Bobby”), 24-year-old Daenzal Xavier Murphy (aka “Zilla”), 24-year-old Theodore Pierce Jr. (aka “Tree”), 19-year-old Alicia Rashawn Johnson (aka “Lili”), 19-year-old Darrell Tykwan Atkinson (aka “Dada”), 23-year-old Theodore Roosevelt Hardy, III, (aka “Trey”) and 20-year-old Khalil Djour Truesdale.

The arrested are associated with the United Blood Nation – “Nine Trey” gang in Wilmington. Each have been charged in criminal complaints and in connection with the illegal possession and distribution of heroin in the area.

Detention hearings were held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. If convicted on the charges, all the defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

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The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Police Department, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wilmington Police Department.

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The charges contained in the criminal complaints are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.