U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina
(704) 344-6222
October 29, 2014

Last of 28 United Blood Nation Gang Members Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison on Gun Charges

CHARLOTTE, NC—Eric Eugene Brice, a/k/a “Bug,” 42, was sentenced today to 77 months in prison and to three years of supervised release for possession of an illegal firearm, a Maverick 99 pistol-grip shotgun, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Brice pleaded guilty to the charge in March 2014.

Brice is also the final defendant to be sentenced in connection with the 28 “United Blood Nation” (UBN) gang members indicted in 2012 on racketeering and related charges.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

According to filed documents and statements made in court, the defendants conspired to participate in a racketeering enterprise, that is, the United Blood Nation (“UBN” or “Bloods”) and several factions of the UBN. Court records indicate that from 2007 to May 2012, in the Western District of North Carolina and elsewhere, the defendants conspired to operate as a gang, a criminal enterprise, and in doing so, they engaged in criminal activities, including racketeering conspiracy, murder conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, armed robbery and firearms related crimes.

The remaining defendants have been sentenced as follows:

  • James Anderson, a/k/a “Stank, 31, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Alan Boyd Donta Barnett, a/k/a “Big Al”, 39, was sentenced to 360 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Travis Lamar Brice, a/k/a “Trap”, 30, was sentenced to 63 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Quinton Lavar Brown, a/k/a “QP” or “QB”, 22, was sentenced to 70 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Rafas Gene Camp, a/k/a “Tick”, 35, was sentenced to 130 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Joston Jamal Clemmer, a/k/a “Ace”, 23, was sentenced to 97 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Kemmey Nicole Cooke, a/k/a “ Gangsta Wu”, 32, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Jaimel Kenzie Davison, a/k/a “I-Shine”, 31, was sentenced to 150 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Wesley Tyler Floyd, a/k/a “West Coast”, 28, was sentenced to 110 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Davon Yakeen Futrell, a/k/a “Smooth”, 26, was sentenced to 63 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Tristan Daquane Goode, a/k/a “Buck”, 22, was sentenced to 70 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Nathaniel Graham, a/k/a “Nasty”, 25, was sentenced to 240 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
  • Joseph Dranell Gray, a/k/a “Killa”, 40, was sentenced to 180 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Dominque O’Neill Jackson, a/k/a “DJ”, 26, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Jimmy Lionell, Jones, a/k/a “Buddhist” or “Buddha”, 39, was sentenced to 180 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
  • William Amir Knox, a/k/a “Poo Nuk”, 30, was sentenced to 108 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Kentrell Tyrone McIntyre, a/k/a “Mustafa”, 35, was sentenced to 192 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
  • William Lewis Dontars Meeks, a/k/a “Willie” or “Rock”, 36, was sentenced to 130 months in prison and eight years of supervised release.
  • Kevin Jerome Morris, a/k/a “Kato”, 37, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
  • Franklin Robbs, a/k/a “Frankie Boo”, 43, was sentenced to 132 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
  • Maurice Terrell Robinson, a/k/a “Hell Rell”, 25, was sentenced to 70 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Andrew Eugene Stowe, a/k/a “Coco”, 38, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Marquise Deshawn Watson, a/k/a “ Rambo”, 22, was sentenced to 97 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Melinda Charmane Watson, 38, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
  • Daryl Wilkinson, a/k/a “OG Powerful”, 50, was sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
  • Samatha Williams, a/k/a “Samantha Wilkinson” or “Lady Sam”, 45, was sentenced to 72 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Perry Gorontent Williams, a/k/a “P-Flame” or “Flame”, 29, was sentenced to 360 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Court documents indicate that, as part of the conspiracy, the defendants engaged in drug trafficking, and used the proceeds of their drug crimes to help finance the gang’s criminal activities. According to court records, the defendants also committed armed robberies and armed home invasions in order to generate proceeds to support the enterprise. Court document show that, as part of the conspiracy, the defendants committed acts of violence against rival gang members. According to court records, the defendants concealed their criminal activities and obstructed justice, including threatening potential witnesses. The defendants also maintained and circulated a collection of firearms for the use in criminal activity by UBN members, court records show.

According to court records, the defendants and other UBN gang members in North Carolina and elsewhere identified gang members belonging to other UBN or Bloods factions by their gang names and phone numbers, including telephone area codes. For example, according to court records, area code “704” represented gang factions within Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties. Court records indicate that gang members identified other gang members who were incarcerated by their street gang names and by their inmate identification numbers, in lieu of their telephone numbers, while incarcerated gang members were referred to as “behind the G wall.”

According to court documents and court proceedings, as gang members of the UBN enterprise, the defendants met regularly with other UBN members. During those meetings, gang members talked about past acts of violence and other crimes against rival gang members, about UBN gang members who had been arrested or incarcerated, about police interactions with gang members and discussed internal disciplinary action of other UBN members, court records show. According to court records, also during these meetings, gang members shared identities of individuals whom they suspected to be cooperating with law enforcement and discussed the types of action that ought to be taken against those individuals. Court documents indicate that during these meetings, UBN members also planned and agreed on carry out future crimes, including murder, robbery, and drug trafficking.

The case was investigated by the FBI in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Gastonia Police Department, the Gaston County Police Department, the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, the Shelby Police Department, and North Carolina Department of Probation and Parole. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The prosecution is handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose, Daniel Ryan, and Kevin Zolot of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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