Gang members indicted in racketeering case

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 23, 2016

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DETROIT — Several members of the “Seven Mile Bloods” gang were indicted on racketeering, murder and firearms violations as part of an ongoing police investigation March 1.

A total of 15 suspects — one Eastpointe resident, Michael Rogers; two Warren residents; one Clinton Township resident; one Harper Woods resident; two West Virginia residents; and eight Detroit residents — are all facing charges of racketeering conspiracy and firearm possession during an act of violence. Billy Arnold, Eugene Fisher and Corey Bailey are all also facing charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and attempted murder.

The gang allegedly operates primarily in the area bordered by Seven Mile, Eight Mile, Gratiot and Kelly, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. The indictment also alleges that there has been an ongoing gang war between the Seven Mile Bloods and other gangs due to a murder in July 2014, and that the gang has been involved in opioid trafficking.

“The dismantling of violent gangs in this city must remain a priority, and we remain fully committed to that end,” FBI Detroit Special Agent in Charge David Gelios said in a statement. “These gang arrest operations are absolutely necessary in order to make Detroit a more livable, workable and secure city.”

The investigation was conducted under the Detroit One Initiative. Members of that initiative include the Detroit Police Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security, the Michigan Department of Corrections, the Michigan State Police, the FBI Violent Gang Task Force, and Customs and Border Protection.

“When law enforcement became aware of the violent gang activity in this neighborhood, the Detroit One partnership poured resources into dismantling the gangs that are responsible,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement. “We are using our combined resources to restore peace to this neighborhood for its residents.”

Rogers’ attorney, David Lee, said it was too early to comment on the case. Lee said that his client is denying any involvement in such an enterprise.

Maria Mannarino, Arnold’s attorney, echoed Lee’s sentiments and said they were in the early stages of determining what is going on.

“This case started out charging Mr. Arnold with something relatively minor and has now exploded into a case that carries the potential for the death penalty,” Mannarino said. “Right now, we’re in the very early stages of how the prosecutor intends to proceed with this. This is the prosecutor’s ball game right now.”

Fisher’s attorney, Henry Scharg, could not be reached by press time. Bailey did not have an attorney listed to contact at press time.

Detroit One was formed in 2013 between law enforcement and the community to reduce homicides and other violent crimes in Detroit.