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Fourteen alleged gang members and associates indicted in Charleston SC on federal racketeering and attempted murder charges

 

Sheriff R.A. Strickland announces that his agency initiated an investigation that would lead federal agencies to obtain indictments on fourteen alleged gang members. A federal  grand jury indicted gang members and their associates for allegedly conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise and using firearms in the commission of attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity.

Sheriff Strickland states ” Over 15 months ago, my office began an investigation that would link the indicted individuals to the alleged violent crimes. As the investigation began to grow, my office began seeking  assistance from other local, state and federal agencies. I am pleased to announce our efforts were successful.”  Investigators have been diligently working to gather evidence which led to the indictments. These indictments were unsealed yesterday in a federal court.  The individuals allegedly committed a wide range of crimes from assault with dangerous weapons, drive-by shootings, home invasions, narcotics distribution and attempted murders.

The fourteen indicted are members or associates of two local gangs called the Cowboys and Wild Boys. The Cowboys gang has been known as a violent street gang operating in Colleton County since 2009. The Wild Boys are another gang with ties to Walterboro and Summerville that associate with the Cowboys.  Sheriff Strickland states ”I hope that these indictments serve as lesson to our impressionable youth that there is no future in a gang. These gangs say they can take care of each other, but like we have shown, they will always lead a person to a dead end future.”

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office  is continuing to  investigate information that may lead to  future arrests.  Sheriff Strickland states ” Our community was an enormous asset in providing information to bring about the indictments. Colleton County is  a peaceful, flourishing community that has a zero tolerance for violent crime. I continue to encourage our citizens to report crime and suspicious activity.”

Sheriff Strickland would like to thanks all the following agencies for their assistance:

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney William M. Nettles of the District of South Carolina; Special Agent in Charge C.J. Hyman of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Charlotte, North Carolina, Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Nick S. Annan of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Atlanta Field Office; Solicitor Duffie Stone of the 14th Judicial Circuit; Solicitor David Pascoe of the First Circuit; Chief Wade Marvin of the Walterboro, South Carolina, Police Department; Sheriff Al Cannon of the Charleston County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff L.C. Knight of the Dorchester County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office; Captain Jon Rogers of the Summerville, South Carolina, Police Department; Director Jerry Adger of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; and Chief Mark Keel of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The names, photos and gang affiliation of the indicted individuals is listed below.