Twenty-four people involved with a violent street gang known as the Nine Trey Gangsters were charged with a litany of offenses including crack cocaine distribution, robbery and racketeering in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal district court in Alexandria.
The gang members and their associates — hailing from cities and towns across Virginia, D.C. and Maryland — are accused of criminal activity dating to 2008, authorities said. Prosecutors say the group moved prostitutes up and down the East Coast, sold drugs ranging from marijuana to prescription painkillers and even dabbled in the use of counterfeit currency.
Two gang members are accused of following another’s orders to slash a woman’s face from mouth to ear because she had stolen drug profits, and others allegedly were involved in a 2010 dispute that sparked a shooting, authorities said.
The Nine Trey Gangsters are considered a subgroup of the Bloods street gang, authorities said. Those charged in the recently unsealed indictment range in age from 20 to 34 and used nicknames such as “Storm,” “Black” and “Champ,” authorities said.
Prosecutors said the case brings to 32 the number of Nine Trey Gangsters and their associates charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. In April, eight gang members and associates were charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in an indictment filed in Richmond, authorities said.