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5 MSB gang members sentenced for smuggling drugs into Va. prisons

Five members of the Mad Stone Bloods (MSB) gang have been sentenced in Roanoke for their roles in a a criminal conspiracy that involved the smuggling of drugs and other contraband into Virginia prisons.

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Five members of the Mad Stone Bloods (MSB) gang have been sentenced in Roanoke for their roles in a a criminal conspiracy that involved the smuggling of drugs and other contraband into Virginia prisons, and the facilitation of the sale of drugs outside the prisons, with the help of complicit corrections officers.

"Gangs that operate out of our prison systems not only bring drugs and violence into prison facilities – they also breed drug-fueled violence in our communities," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. "The Criminal Division will continue to work together with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that these career criminals and those who conspire with them are brought to justice."

Prosecutors said on May 1, Terrance Nathaniel Brown, aka War, 29, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison on a drug conspiracy conviction.

Clifford Alexander Jennings, aka Big Cliff, 48, of Salem, was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison on narcotics conspiracy offenses.

Ronnie Monroe Nicholas Jr., aka RG, 37, of Crewe, was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison on a racketeering conspiracy conviction.

Michael Jamal Jones, aka M. Stone, 30, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison on a drug conspiracy conviction.

Jermaine Shiquill Epps, aka Money, 28, of Madison Heights, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison on a drug conspiracy conviction.

According to court cases where Nicholas and Epps pleaded guilty, and the evidence presented at trials of the other three gang members, the MSB gang operates in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Maryland.

They confessed to engaging in murders, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud, and mail fraud both in and outside of prisons.

The gang’s national leaders are based in New York and MSB leaders in Virginia report to those New York leaders.

According to the guilty pleas and other evidence, the Mad Stone Bloods conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and heroin.

They also conspired with Virginia Department of Corrections employees, including correctional officers and an inmate counselor, to smuggle controlled substances, phones and accessories, and other contraband into various facilities and to help incarcerated MSB members.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Richmond and Norfolk Divisions, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Norfolk Police Department, the Harrisonburg Police Department, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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