North Carolina member of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the United
Blood Nation (UBN or Bloods) street gang, who was convicted of Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy, was sentenced
yesterday to more than 17 years in prison. Seventy four defendants have
now either pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial from this
investigation, and 65 have been sentenced.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice
Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray for the
Western District of North Carolina and Special Agent in Charge John A.
Strong of the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office, made the announcement.
Shamon Movair Goins, aka Rugie, 28, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was
sentenced by Chief Judge Frank D. Whitney to serve 210 months in
prison. Goins pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2018 to RICO conspiracy.
According to court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, Goins
was a local UBN leader, holding the rank of Four-Star General. Goins
trafficked firearms and drugs for the gang, and participated in two
different conspiracies to commit murder, including one in 2010 that
resulted in the death of the victim.
“Today’s sentence sends an unmistakable message to Bloods members in
North Carolina: gang activity, especially violent crime, will make you a
priority target of the Department of Justice and our law enforcement
partners,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “With 74
defendants now judged guilty, the Department of Justice’s pursuit of the
Nine Trey Gangsters continues to disrupt and weaken this violent prison
and street gang, and serves as a testament to the effectiveness of
federal, state, and local law enforcement cooperation.”
“This was a local gang leader who conspired with others to murder
those who broke the rules of the gang,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.
“With yet another violent offender behind bars, my office continues our
work to dismantle criminal enterprises and to protect the people of the
Western District from violent street gangs.”
According to court documents and evidence presented at the May 2018
trial, the UBN is a violent criminal street gang operating throughout
the east coast of the United States since it was founded as a prison
gang in 1993. UBN members are often identified by their use of the
color red, and can also often be identified by common tattoos or burn
marks. Examples include: a three-circle pattern, usually burned onto
the upper arm, known as a “dog paw”; the acronym “M.O.B.,” which stands
for “Member of Bloods”; the words “damu,” or “eastside”; the number
five; the five-pointed star; and the five-pointed crown. UBN members
have distinct hand signs and written codes, which are used to identify
other members and rival gang members. The Nine Trey Gangster set of the
UBN refer to themselves as “Billies.”
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, the UBN
is governed by a common set of 31 rules, known as “The 31,” which were
originally written by the founders of the UBN. Members of the UBN are
expected to conduct themselves and their illegal activity according to
rules and regulations set by their leaders. Prominent among these is a
requirement to pay monthly dues to the organization, often in the
amounts of $31 or $93. A percentage of these funds are transferred to
incarcerated UBN leadership in New York; these funds also are used
locally to conduct gang business. UBN gang dues are derived from
illegal activity performed by subordinate UBN members including
narcotics trafficking, robberies, wire fraud, and bank fraud, among
other forms of illegal racketeering activity. The Nine Trey Gangsters’
leadership proceeds in rank, from lowest to highest, from “Scrap,”
“One-Star General” through “Five-Star General,” “Low,” “High,” and
In all, 74 defendants have been adjudicated guilty in this case,
including three defendants who were found guilty at trial; 71 defendants
have pleaded guilty in this investigation. Thirteen defendants in
high-ranking leadership positions have been sentenced.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI; the Charlotte Mecklenburg
Police Department; the Shelby Police Department; the Cleveland County
Sheriff’s Office; the Gastonia Police Department; the North Carolina
State Highway Patrol; the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office; the North
Carolina Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice; the North
Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles; the U.S. Federal Probation; the
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the IRS
Criminal Investigation; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the U.S.
Army Criminal Investigation Command; and the New York Department of
Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of Special
Investigations. Trial Attorneys Andrew L. Creighton and Beth Lipman of
the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant
U.S. Attorneys Matt Warren and Christopher Hess for the Western District
of North Carolina are prosecuting the case.
This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program. OCDETF
is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug
trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and
dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and
regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the
necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle
the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.