Twelve Alleged Fairview Gang Members Indicted for Drugs, Weapons, and Money Laundering Offenses
ANCHORAGE, AK—Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that a 25-count indictment was unsealed alleging 12 defendants are part of a local Anchorage gang that engaged in drug trafficking, firearms possession, and money laundering crimes. The indictment further alleges that the gang members were affiliated with the Campanella Piru Park Bloods in Compton, California, and that they used firearms to protect the gang, as well as its Fairview “turf.” It is the first indictment in Alaska that alleges the presence of a nationally recognized street gang.
The indictment alleges that members of the “Fairview MOB” would obtain controlled substances in the Los Angeles area and distribute them in Alaska. The drugs being sold included heroin, cocaine and crack. The indictment further alleges several members of the “Fairview MOB” are affiliated with “All Da Time Ent.,” “Zaya’s First Class Entertainment,” and/or “YNE,” entities that purport to produce, perform and promote rap artists and music. Videos and photographs on social media websites show various members taking part in the conspiracy’s activities, such as gun violence and drug trafficking. It is alleged that the conspiracy’s illegal activities attempt to give credibility to the members rap music endeavors.
Indicted were the following individuals:
Isaiah Holloway a/k/a “Z,” 26, from Anchorage, Alaska; Lamont Moore, a/k/a “Moose,” 36, and Dearon Walton a/k/a “Mitch,” 25, both originally from Los Angeles; Ishmael Holloway a/k/a “Ish,” 23; Dorian Topps a/k/a “Fairview Money,” 22; Michael Reynold a/k/a “Boogie,” 23; Felton Reynold Jr. a/k/a “Fairview Jun,” 27; Christopher Meeks a/k/a “Thugga,” 22; Malia Green, 21; Delano Williams a/k/a “D,” 25; and Karl Maddox, Jr. a/k/a “P,” 25, all from Anchorage, Alaska.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy’s activities date back to at least 2012, when several conspirators were stopped by police and found to be in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that various gang members were involved in 18 separate drug sales as well as numerous instances of illegal firearms possession and use. In one incident, alleged to have occurred on May 18, 2015, the indictment states that Isaiah Holloway and Lamont Moore possessed a firearm, which Moore used to shoot a rival gang member because the victim was in “Bloods” territory in the Fairview neighborhood of Anchorage. The indictment alleges that this conduct is consistent with the methods of the gang members “to promote the reputation of the ‘Fairview MOB,’ as well as to protect and defend its members and ‘turf’ from other gangs and threats. The members of the conspiracy engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms possession and use, among other crimes. The purpose of these crimes was to promote the continued existence of the ‘Fairview MOB’ by supporting its members financially, which the members called ‘get[ting] money.’”
Several of the members of the gang have been charged in Alaska State court with crimes including murders, assaults, and firearms possession and use. State and federal authorities have been coordinating their investigations of the defendants since January, when there were several shootings and murders in Anchorage. The Anchorage Police Department devoted extra resources to investigate the uptick in violence, which was believed to have been drug-related. Later, the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force continued the investigation. The FBI Anchorage Safe Streets Task Force is made up [of] FBI Special Agents, Anchorage Police Department Officers, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services Agents, Internal Revenue Service investigators, U.S. Postal Service Inspectors and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agents.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis praised the investigation leading to these arrests, and stated, “Our community must not fall victim to gang violence. In this case, federal, state and local law enforcement worked together to investigate, disrupt and arrest those alleged to be responsible for an ongoing series of dangerous crimes. The federal indictment sends a strong message that those who traffic and sell drugs, illegally possess guns, and engage in violent criminal acts in our neighborhoods will be held accountable.” Mr. Feldis also thanked the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office for its cooperation, as well as the Municipality of Anchorage. The Municipality has partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2007 to address gang crimes by supplying prosecutorial resources to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and an Anchorage municipal prosecutor assisted in the investigation and the indictment of the Fairview MOB.
On Wednesday morning, members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, assisted by the DEA, ATF, IRS, APD, AST, and U.S. Marshals Service, executed a number of arrest warrants and served search warrants at six different locations. Agents seized large amounts of cash, guns, drugs, and evidence of gang membership during the search warrants.
Ten of the twelve defendants are currently in custody and are awaiting court appearances before a United States Magistrate Judge. Delano Williams, a/k/a “D,” of Anchorage, and Dearon Walton, a/k/a “Mitch,” of Los Angeles, are not yet in custody. Anyone having information about their whereabouts can call FBI Anchorage Division at 907-276-4441 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP to provide information.
“We were able to get a lot of dangerous people off the street today,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Deirdre Fike. “And that’s a testament to the dedication of our Safe Streets Task Force members.”
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.