Three Nine Trey gang members were sentenced to prison terms in Virginia federal courts this week. Thaddaeus Snow, a/k/a â€œStorm,â€ 34, of Manassas, was sentenced to 40 years, followed by five years of supervised release and registration as a sex offender. William Sykes, a/k/a â€œBlack,â€ 29, of Bealeton, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and registration as a sex offender. Clyde Maurice Neblett, III, 23, of Richmond, was sentenced on three firearms offenses.
Snow and Sykes were convicted on Feb. 21 by a federal jury in Alexandria of charges that included conspiracy to commit racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering, robbery, conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force and coercion and multiple firearms offenses.
â€œThese defendants and their fellow gang members threatened the safety of our communities by committing acts of violence, dealing drugs, and dehumanizing women through prostitution by force and coercion,â€ U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said of Snow and Sykes. â€œI want to commend our federal, state and local law enforcement partners for their commitment to dismantling this dangerous gang and combatting these pernicious crimes.â€
â€œThe sentences handed down today send a clear message to members of these violent criminal enterprises: we will not tolerate your illegal activities,â€ said Assistant FBI Director in Charge Valerie Parlave. â€œThe FBI, through the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force and our partners in local law enforcement, will continue to systematically target, investigate and prosecute gang members who use violence to threaten our communities.â€
Snow and Sykes were indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 26, 2013, along with twenty-two other members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsters street gang, on charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and multiple counts related to the possession and use of firearms.
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, the Nine Trey Gangsters are a Bloods street gang set of the United Blood Nation, which was founded in New York City in the early 1970â€™s. Thaddaeus Snow led a â€œline-upâ€ of the Nine Trey Gangsters that operated as a criminal enterprise in Virginia and committed criminal activity in multiple states. From 2008 until the date of the indictment, Snowâ€™s line-ups of Nine Trey gangsters engaged in racketeering activity involving the sex trafficking of women using force and coercion in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, New York and elsewhere; the commission of robberies; and the distribution of cocaine, crack, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and prescription painkillers. The evidence at trial also showed that Snow, Sykes and other Nine Trey Gangsters dealt in counterfeit U.S. currency and used counterfeit currency to finance wholesale drug purchases.
In addition, the evidence at trial showed that Snow and his subordinate gang members undertook several acts of violence. On or about April 1, 2010, Snow directed Nine Trey Gangsters to give a female victim a â€œbuck-fifty,â€ consisting of slashing the womanâ€™s face with a knife from mouth to ear with the aim of requiring 150 stiches to close the wound, because the woman had stolen proceeds of Snowâ€™s drug sales and used some of Snowâ€™s drug supply. The slashing was carried out by Sykes. Sykes and other gang members beat a man unconscious who may have stolen drugs from a gang member, and Sykes also committed a shooting on April 12, 2010, after the shooting victims became involved in a dispute with one of the gang members. Additionally, Sykes slapped and choked a prostitute when she concealed money she earned from him.
Snow and Sykes were convicted following a trial that began on Feb. 11, 2014. All twenty-four individuals named in the Sept. 26, 2013 indictment have been convicted, bringing to 37 the total number of Nine Trey Gangsters members and associates who have been convicted in the Eastern District of Virginia since 2013.
A Richmond jury convicted Neblett in January of possession of three firearms by a felon and also, in a separate incident, of possessing a fourth gun while a felon. He was sentenced to ten years on each of those two counts, with the sentences to run consecutively. In addition, Neblett pled guilty to discharging a firearm during an attempted robbery in April 2013, and received an additional ten year sentence, consecutive to the earlier firearms charges, for a total sentence of 30 years. In the Statement of Facts filed with the Court in conjunction with his plea today, Neblett admitted that he also engaged in two additional home-invasion style robberies in Richmond and Chesterfield County between December 2012 and January 2013.
Neblett was a high-ranking officer in the Nine Trey Gangsters (â€œNTGâ€) and is one of nearly four dozen members of that gang to be convicted on federal charges since 2012. NTG is part of the United Blood Nation (UBN), the first unified Blood gang alliance on the East Coast. The gang started on Rikerâ€™s Island in the New York City jail system. Since its inception, NTG has been one of the most active East Coast Blood gang sets, and has spread across the eastern United States. The FBI and numerous dedicated gang task forces have undertaken a long-term investigation of NTG activities in Virginia and neighboring states.