Officials:18 suspected gang members face multiple charges in Danville
DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Federal, state, and local officials announced Thursday the indictment charges of 18 suspected gang members and associates in the Danville.
They said the crimes range from murder to drug distribution and obstruction of justice.
"Today's indictments are the beginning of a sustained assault on the gang-related violence that has plagued the City of Danville for far too long," said U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.
On June 11, a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville returned two separate indictments, under seal, charging the 18 individuals.
The first indictment charges eight members of the MILLAs, a set of the Bloods street gang that they said has operated in Danville since sometime around 2015.
They announced that charges include federal racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering that includes murder and attempted murder and multiple uses of firearms during the commission of violent crimes.
The second indictment charges seven members of the Rollin 60s, a set of the Crips street gang that they said has also operated in Danville since sometime around 2015.
The charges also include federal racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering that includes murder and attempted murder and multiple uses of firearms during the commission of violent crimes.
In addition, they aid the second indictment charges three female associates of the Rollin 60s gang with being accessories after the fact, obstruction of justice, and perjury.
The Investigation of the case was conducted by the FBI, Danville Police Department, Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office and Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Danville.
They said a Grand Jury Indcitment is only charge and not evidence of guilt.
The defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The U.S. Attorney announced that this is the largest and most significant federal prosecution of organized gang activity in over a decade.