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Grand jury indicts suspected gang members on drug, robbery, shooting charges

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A federal grand jury handed down the indictment against nine people in a racketeering operation in Shreveport.

The group charged are all reportedly members of the criminal organization, or gang, called the "Block Boyz", sometimes known as the "Get Money Boyz" or "GMB".

The acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Deputy Chief of Police Bill Goodin held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the indictment. 

"I think there is a gang problem in Shreveport," said Van Hook, during the news conference.

In a release the U.S. Attorney's Office said, the organization distributed controlled substances, murdered, robbed, possessed firearms illegally and conducted other crimes primarily within the Queensborough and Ingleside neighborhoods of Shreveport.

According to court documents filed on June 29, the group faces charges related to shootings, threats, robberies and dealing drugs. The organization is accused of selling crack cocaine, powder cocaine, roxicodone, marijuana, ecstasy and alprazolam.

A federal grand jury handed down the indictment against nine people in a racketeering operation in Shreveport's Ingleside and Queensborough neighborhoods.

The group charged are all reportedly members of the criminal organization called the "Block Boyz", sometimes known as the "Get Money Boyz" or "GMB".

"This is a racketeering indictment, I don't think that should be understated, the significance of that in the Shreveport area. Charging a racketeering conspiracy is sending a message to the people and the criminals in the Shreveport area. We are coming for you, and we are coming for you as a team and we will hold you accountable," said Jeff Sallet, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans Division.

According to court documents filed on June 29, the group engaged in gang activity and faces charges related to shootings, robberies and dealing drugs.

The acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Deputy Chief of Police Bill Goodin held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the indictment. 

Those named in the indictment are Demarcus D. Morris, 28, Frank J. Morris, 24, Jimmie R. Durden, Jr, 28, Lonnie D Johnson, 23, Gary J. McCain, 22, Ravion M. Alford, 22, Rodrick R. Hicks, 23, Larshandra C. Davenport, 44 and Golanda W. Atkins, 40. All defendants have been arrested.

The 18 count indictment goes on to list more than 60 overt acts the group is accused of committing spanning back as far as May of 2012 to as recently as May of 2017.

The indictment alleges that in order to generate income, gang members sold illegal drugs and committed armed robberies. They are believed to have maintained and circulated a collection of firearms for use in their criminal activity and used cell phones to operate their criminal enterprise.

Some of the crimes include drug dealing, firing multiple shots at people and into cars and homes, armed robbery and witness intimidation. 

The defendants face various possible penalties depending on the drug quantity involved, their role in the conspiracy and their criminal history. 

Last October, we first heard of the so-called "Block Boyz" when the FBI asked for the public's help tracking down the gang's members.

The crimes these members are accused of committing is one of the reasons law enforcement in this area is glad to get 9 members off the streets.

"These are violent people, they are evil people. They have two things in mind, one thing is selling drugs making money, and respect. They will kill if you don't respect them in their little circles. And that's one of the reasons you see all the violence that we have," said Steve Prator, Caddo Parish Sheriff.

This operation to bring down the "Block Boyz" began a little more than a year ago. The FBI Northwest Louisiana Violent Crimes Task Force, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, ATF and the Gulf Coast High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) all took part in the investigation.

"We're not going to stop. This effort will continue and we will have - and we do have a safer city today," said Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allison D. Bushnell, James G. Cowles Jr. and Tennille M. Gilreath are prosecuting the case. 

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