CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WAVY/AP) — The FBI, along with other law enforcement agencies, announced Friday that they are cracking down on a gang known as the Mad Stone Bloods.
The Mad Stone Bloods (MSB) is a multistate gang whose leaders are based in New York, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors say three former employees at the Department of Corrections who were members or associates of the gang conspired to smuggle drugs into Virginia prisons.
Authorities say a fourth former Department of Corrections employee who worked as an inmate counselor smuggled contraband in for a gang leader with whom she had a sexual relationship.
The 29-page indictment charges 13 defendants with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and related offenses.
In the Hampton Roads area, the government alleges Terrance Brown and Michael Dove of committing at least two armed robberies in July 2013 and an attempted murder in August of that year.
Later in September, the indictment alleges Corey Owens, another MSB member, was found in possession of controlled substances in Norfolk, with intent to distribute.
U.S. Attorney John Fishwick said, “Our office will continue to be vigilant to prosecute those who participate in violent gang activity. This isn’t a new trend. Gangs have been around for centuries, but now more than ever, I believe the Justice Department is in a unique position to work without partners in law enforcement to prosecute violent street and prison gangs like the Mad Stone Bloods.”
These indictments come on the heels of a four-year investigation.
Court records do not indicate if those charged Friday have attorneys.