North Carolina’s largest ever crackdown on street gangs led to arrests in Charlotte and four states Thursday, with dozens of alleged members of United Blood Nation charged with a vast conspiracy of murders, assaults and other violent crimes.
In all, 83 people, all believed to be part of a UBN wing known as “Nine Trey Gangsters” wing, were named in the federal indictments, including nearly 30 who were already jailed for other crimes. Ten suspects remained on the run Thursday afternoon. Five were being hunted in Charlotte. One was as far away as Miami, the FBI said.
Authorities said 600 law enforcement officers from more than a dozen agencies were involved in the roundup, a show of force from Florida to New York that federal prosecutors later attributed to the Trump administration’s intensified effort to fight the gangs by “unleashing all the law at our disposal.”
Of the 50 arrests made Thursday, half were in Charlotte, with another 14 coming in largely rural Cleveland County. There, the small town of Shelby has become a surprisingly strong outpost for gang activity, authorities say.