Wilmington Bloods Gang members sentenced in federal court


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Several Wilmington gang members who gathered guns to prepare for a confrontation with a rival gang in Goldsboro are going to prison.

In federal court, a judge sentenced Tyke’eke Monte Hines, 19, of Wilmington, to seven years in prison after he was convicted of providing a firearm to a convicted felon.

The U.S. Department of Justice says an investigation revealed Hines was a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a subset of the United Blood Nation street gang responsible for widespread drug distribution and violent crime in the Wilmington area.

In July and August of 2016, law enforcement intercepted the communications of Nine Trey gang-leader Kejuan Smith. Smith was overhead discussing drug transactions, extortion, firearms offenses, and other gang-related crime.

In early-August, intercepted communications exposed a conflict between Smith and the leader of a UBN set in Goldsboro. As the conflict escalated, Smith coordinated with his subordinate gang members to gather firearms belonging to the Nine Trey and to prepare for an armed confrontation.

On August 4, Smith, Hines and others stockpiled firearms and ammunition at a Wilmington home in anticipation of traveling to Goldsboro the following day to carry out a hit on the rival gang member.

That evening, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home and seized firearms and ammunition, including:

  • one AR-22 .22 caliber assault rifle with attached 30 round magazine
  • one .38 caliber revolver
  • two stolen 9mm handguns
  • one stolen .40 caliber handgun
  • one stolen .45 caliber handgun
  • one .45 caliber handgun
  • one .38 caliber Derringer
  • one .40 caliber handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition
  • one .22 caliber handgun loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition
  • one .22 caliber handgun loaded with nine rounds of ammunition
  • one 12 gauge shotgun
  • one .223 caliber assault rifle with an attached 30 round magazine
  • one extended magazine containing 26 rounds of 9mm ammunition
  • one 29 round magazine containing eight .40 caliber rounds of ammunition
  • 50 rounds of .223 ammunition
  • one .40 caliber round of ammunition
  • twenty-five .22 caliber rounds of ammunition
  • eleven 9mm rounds of ammunition
  • 2 magazines containing seven 5.56 rounds of ammunition
  • one .22 caliber round of ammunition
  • one military grade ballistic vest

Multiple co-defendants were charged and have already been sentenced in federal court in connection with this prosecution:

Kejuan Tizom Shabazz Smith was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and firearms offenses and sentenced to 327 months imprisonment.

onvicted of possession of a firearm by felon and sentenced to 102 months imprisonment.

Khalil Djour Truesdale was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and sentenced to 78 months imprisonment.

Thedore Price was convicted of heroin distribution and firearms offenses and sentenced to 102 months imprisonment.

Theodore Hardy was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 84 months imprisonment.

Takeem Leinard Collins was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.

Nyquay Akei Rouse  was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.

Daenzal Murphy was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 14 months imprisonment.

Alicia Rashawn Johnson was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 13 months imprisonment.

Darrell Tykwan Atkinson was convicted of heroin distribution and sentenced to 14 months imprisonment.

This case was brought as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation investigating narcotics distribution and gang activity.