Feds add six alleged Bloods gang members to indictment list

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 2:31pm

The federal government has added six names to the list of alleged Nashville-area Bloods gang members charged with racketeering, weapons and drugs charges.

A superseding indictment unsealed Wednesday, according to court filings, adds the names of six individuals, all of Nashville, to the 26 previously indicted last summer. Filed last Thursday, the superseding indictment adds Keairus Wilson, 21; Cedric Woods, 22; Montez Hall, 21; Rondarius Williamson, 20; William Walden, 22; and Kenneth Gaddie, 21 to the original indictment.

Authorities arrested Woods Feb. 18. Walden was arrested Wednesday morning and is currently in state custody, as are Wilson, Hall and Williamson. 

Gaddie is the only of the six men who has not been arrested. Metro police encourage the public to report any information on Gaddie’s whereabouts.

Those indicted face charges including racketeering, conspiring to use firearms to commit violent crimes, murdering in aid of racketeering and conspiring to distribute drugs.

The original indictment alleged that gang members used the Galaxy Star Drug Awareness and Gang Prevention Center in Nashville to conduct gang meetings. Galaxy Star employee Rodney Britton was accused of falsifying documents to reflect members had completed community service hours.

In a flurry of court filings — most of which were filed one week ahead of the new indictment — change-of-plea hearings were held for eight men (of the 26) who initially pleaded not guilty.

The eight are William Bartlett, Ricky Williams, James House, Jermaine Tate, Alexander McDonald, Jeffrey Albea and Anthony Campbell. In December, a change-of-plea agreement was also filed for Jermaine Coward.

Britton, another defendant who pleaded not guilty in the case, has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for March 14.

The investigation involved the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s Gang Unit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Gallatin Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office.

1 Comment on this post:

By: fightcrib on 2/24/11 at 8:50

I always thought the charge "racketeering" was exclusively resserved for charges againsta Italian Amercians. Isn't there a different legal charge for these crimes such as cracketeering or something.

Fightcrib, BNA