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May 14, 2014

Nine Trey Gangster Member Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison

RICHMOND VA—Clyde Maurice Neblett, III, 23, of Richmond, Virginia, a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, was sentenced today on three firearms offenses. A jury convicted Neblett in January of possession of three firearms by a felon and also, in a separate incident, of possessing a fourth gun while a felon. He was sentenced today to 10 years on each of those two counts, with the sentences to run consecutively. In addition, Neblett pled guilty today to discharging a firearm during an attempted robbery in April 2013 and received an additional 10-year sentence, consecutive to the earlier firearms charges, for a total sentence of 30 years. In the statement of facts filed with the court in conjunction with his plea today, Neblett admitted that he also engaged in two additional home invasion-style robberies in Richmond and Chesterfield County between December 2012 and January 2013.

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Field Office; Charles E. Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; and Chief Douglas A. Middleton, Henrico County Police Division, made the announcement today after the sentence was imposed by United States District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson.

Neblett was a high-ranking officer in the Nine Trey Gangsters (“NTG”) and is one of nearly four dozen members of that gang to be convicted on federal charges since 2012. NTG is part of the United Blood Nation (UBN), the first unified Blood gang alliance on the East Coast. The gang started on Riker’s Island in the New York City jail system. Since its inception, NTG has been one of the most active East Coast Blood gang sets, and has spread across the eastern United States. The FBI and numerous dedicated gang task forces have undertaken a long-term investigation of NTG activities in Virginia and neighboring states.

This case was initiated and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of its Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, dubbed Full Blooded Ink. Assistant United States Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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