Highest-ranking member of Brunswick County Bloods gang sentenced to nearly 30 years

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City man who investigators say was the highest-ranking member of the Bloods street gang in Brunswick County will spend nearly 30 years in prison on drug charges.

According to a news release from the US Department of Justice, Nicholas Shamar Griffin, 30, was sentenced on Tuesday to 350 months for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base, and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and aiding and abetting.

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Griffin pleaded guilty to the charges in February.

In 2017 and 2018, investigators determined that Griffin was a significant supplier of controlled substances in Brunswick County. The investigation also showed that Griffin was the highest-ranking member of the Bloods street gang in Brunswick County.

On July 31, 2018, members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop. Officers approached the vehicle, and Griffin appeared nervous and fumbled with his wallet. The two passengers in the vehicle also appeared nervous and appeared to be concealing something.

All three passengers were asked to exit the vehicle. As one of the passengers got out, he dropped two baggies containing 55.86 grams of cocaine on the ground and kicked the bags behind the rear tire of the vehicle. Griffin later admitted to officers that the cocaine was his.

Two months later, on September 28, 2018, Griffin got into gang-related argument with a victim. As the victim walked away, Griffin shot the victim in the back.

Griffin then fled to South Carolina to hide from law enforcement. On November 29, 2018, Griffin was arrested in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.