12 indicted in bust of Fairview Bloods gang

first_imgFederal officials announced a massive gang bust in Anchorage on Thursday.Download AudioActing U.S. attorney Kevin Feldis announces the first indictment in Alaska that alleges the presence of a nationally recognized gang. Photo: Zachariah Hughes/KSKA.Delano Williams of Anchorage is still being sought. Photo: U.S. Department of JusticeThe sprawling indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s office details allegations of drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal firearm possession, and violence by 12 individuals based in Anchorage’s Fairview neighborhood.Speaking during a press conference, U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis explained how the multi-agency collaboration built a case against the Fairview MOB — which stands for Member Of Bloods.“The Fairview MOB gang members are alleged to be associated with the national Bloods gang. This case here in Alaska, this federal indictment is the first time that we have federally charged a gang activity in Alaska that is alleged to have ties with national gang activity.”The indictment outlines alleged crimes as far back as 2012, with profits from the sale of heroin, crack, and cocaine being laundered through LA-based entertainment companies.Existing criminal records from the Alaska court system show several of the indicted men face charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Three are charged with an attempted murder in May. Another, Michael “Boogie” Reynold is charged with a double-homicide that happened in January in East Anchorage.The Bloods are a Los Angeles-based gang. The picture shows their gang symbol. Photo: Shawn Ishihara via Wikimedia Commons.Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion says the case is the result of an aggressive task force convened in January after a high-profile spike in homicides and shootings.“There was a moment in early February, as the chief says, where we had to step back and say we have to take a step back and have a different approach. And I distinctly remember members of our federal law enforcement agencies coming to the Anchorage Police Department, meeting with us, and talking about how they could help. And I think the investigation that led to yesterday’s arrests and the indictments preceding it are the culmination of that effort.”It’s not clear how much of the violent crime from last winter’s spike is related to alleged illegal activities by Fairview Bloods.Still, Christopher Constant — a vocal member of the Fairview Community Council running for the area’s Assembly seat — says there’s a sense of relief that the task force is making strides on public safety.“It’s definitely an issue that people have come forward and asked about consistently, and I think today is proof that something has changed, that there is some active enforcement, that there is a partnership tackling a problem.”Of the 12 people indicted, 10 are Anchorage residents, all of them in their 20s. Two others are from Los Angeles.Police are asking for the public’s help locating the only two men not currently in custody — Delano Williams of Anchorage, who also goes by “D,” and Dearon Walton of Los Angeles.last_img