By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News
Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for Southern District of New York, announced today that BRANDON GREEN a/k/a Light was sentenced to approximately 24.5 years imprisonment by U.S. District judge Paul G. Gardephe. This sentence is in connection with his leadership of Blood Hound Brims which was a violent street and prison gang operating in New York City and elsewhere and his involvement in narcotics trafficking. After a five-week jury trial, Judge Gardephe convicted GREEN on March 27, 2019. He also imposed today’s sentence. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss stated that Brandon Green, one of the leaders in a violent gang, was responsible to extensive narcotics trafficking in New York City and the state. The Blood Hound Brims and other members of the gang will receive a long sentence today that sends a clear message to them that they will be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes.
According to court documents, the evidence in trial and statements made during court proceedings are:
The Blood Hound Brims was an organized crime group that operated primarily in the greater New York region, at least from 2005 to 2016. The Blood Hound Brims was a part of the Bloods street gang and is operated under the New York Blood Brim Army (“NYBBA”) The BHB operated in and around New York City, Westchester County and Elmira as well as inside and outside of federal and state penal system.
The BHB used a hierarchical structure that was partly organized by New York City borough and that was maintained in part through the payment of dues. Latique Johnson was the founder and leader. Other members and associates of BHB referred back to Johnson as the “Godfather.” Johnson approved the division of the gang into several “pedigrees”, each with its own leadership structure. The pedigrees had a variety of leadership positions, including treasurers who collected dues form members of a particular pedigree and those who performed security or disciplinary functions for that pedigree.
Regular meetings were held by members of the BHB, sometimes called “pow wows” and “9-11s”, at which dues were collected. Some meetings were only for members of a particular pedigree while others were open to all Enterprise members. The meetings were advertised via text message, word of mouth, and flyers. These meetings were used to discuss the business of the BHB, including rivalries with other bands, shootings and arrests of gang members, guns and drugs. These meetings were where “Kitty Dues” were collected. They paid money for commissary funds and lawyers, guns and drugs, and also served as tribute to Johnson. The BHB had its own constitution and rules that all members had to learn. To avoid being caught by law enforcement, members of the BHB used secret phrases and code words to communicate with one another in prison and on the streets.
One of the BHB’s main objectives was to sell cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, powder cocaine and heroin. Members and associates of BHB sold this substance throughout New York and Pennsylvania.
Multiple acts of violence were committed by members and associates of BHB against rival gangs. These violence acts included attempted murders and assaults. They were committed to protect Gang’s drug territory, retaliate against rival gangs that had encroached upon the BHB’s territory, and promote the Gang’s standing and reputation vis-a-vis other gangs. As part of Gang internal power struggles, these acts of violence included attempted murders and assaults on members and associates.
GREEN, 38, from the Bronx, New York was one of BHB’s primary suppliers cocaine and heroin. He provided other Gang members redistribution quantities for resale in New York City, Elmira, and New York. GREEN also had a supply firearms that he occasionally made available to other Gang members. U.S. Marshals arrested GREEN in May 2017. Six loaded firearms were recovered by Marshals from the residence where he lived.
Following a jury trial, Latique Johnson, 41, of Bronx, New York was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and assault in aid to racketeering. He also attempted murder in aid to racketeering. Johnson was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in 2019.
Donnell Murray, 41 years old, was convicted after a jury trial for racketeering conspiracy and assault in aid to racketeering. He is also convicted of a firearms offense. Murray was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 2019.
David Cherry, 40, Bronx, New York, was convicted after pleading guilty to a firearms offense. Cherry was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in June.
The Violent and Organized crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York is handling the prosecution. Assistant U.S. The prosecution is being handled by Jessica Feinstein, Allison Nichols and Andrew Chan.
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