A team of federal, state and local law enforcement Tuesday arrested and charged 35 leaders and associates of the “Bloods” gang operating in South Carolina.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said the arrests come from a two-year investigation into the Bloods, also known as the United Blood Nation, headquartered out of Columbia. FBI Special Agent in Charge of South Carolina David Thomas says the gang is part of a national network..
“South Carolina, North Carolina, the investigation went all the way to New York and out to California, so this was an extremely comprehensive investigation we have conducted over the past couple of years, ” Thomas said.
Thomas says along with confiscating weapons, drugs and money, agents also conducted online investigations:
“It’s extremely sophisticated, computers are involved. When we do electronic surveillance, everything is more complicated now because everyone has access to communication devices in ways and means that they never had even five years ago. So now with the internet and everything else, its extremely complicated to work these investigations,” Thomas said.
The 134 indictments include racketeering, kidnapping, prostitution, drug dealing and murder.
The defendants will appear in federal court Monday. Federal prosecutor J.D. Rowell says he will be able to talk more about the Bloods’ center of operation and what neighborhoods have been affected.