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Feds indict 13 Detroit 'Smokecamp' gang members on racketeering charges

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 15:45:28-05

More than a dozen members of the Detroit "Smokecamp" gang were indicted on federal RICO charges, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch.

The Smokecamp Gang usually operates in the area of Albion St. and Seven Mile, which members refer to as "ABlock."

According to the U.S. attorney, the gang engages in robberies and extortion, while making its money through selling drugs, which include cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy and other prescription pills.

The indictment says the gang would sell these the drugs outside of vacant houses they called "trap houses."

According to the indictment, they also sold drugs from an apartment complex on 7 Mile between 2014-2015. They called the apartment complex the "Plaga" and shared workers and guns to distribute and protect the drugs.

The indictment alleges that some of the members would even travel as far as Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia to sell the drugs.

Investigation from the collaborative effort known as "Detroit One" helped lead to the indictment. The group consists of federal, state and local law enforcement, and collaborates with the community.

“This indictment is the latest in a string of cases charging violent gang members in the City of Detroit," Lemisch said in a release. "We are grateful to the Detroit One collaborative of law enforcement, who are all dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of Detroit.”

The people charged are:

  • Korey Sanders, a/k/a “No Loan Corleon,” “Stax,” 26, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy and willful engagement in firearms business without a license;
  • Jerray Key, a/k/a “Chino,” “Dre,” 28, of Canton, with RICO conspiracy and willful engagement in firearms business without a license;
  • Deshawn Langston, a/k/a “Pook,” “Slips,” 26, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy;
  • Richard Langston, a/k/a “Dub,” “Rich,” “Blow,” 27, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy;
  • Hakeem Bunnell, a/k/a “LB Dub,” 24, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and possession of a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence;
  • Keenan Nielbock, a/k/a “Dolla,” “Keno” 30, of Taylor, with RICO conspiracy and willful engagement in firearms business without a license;
  • Caraun Key, a/k/a “Luch,” “Ron,” “Slick,” 26, of Detroit with RICO conspiracy;
  • Darryl Key, a/k/a “DB,” “Big Baby,” 27, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy;
  • Tyree Williams, a/k/a “Snoop,” 24, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and possession of a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence;
  • Romale Gibson Jr., a/k/a “Santana,” 24, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy;
  • Cary Dailey, a/k/a “Cease,” 28, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy;
  • Antonio Langston, a/k/a “Tone,” 29, of Detroit, with RICO conspiracy; and
  • Carlos Davis, a/k/a “Los,” “Loso,” 24, of Detroit with RICO conspiracy, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, possession of a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence, and willful engagement in firearms business without a license.

Although 12 of the 14 defendants were arrested, two defendants are still at large. They are 27-year-old Darryl Key and 24-year-old Carlos Davis. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Key or Davis should contact ATF at 1-800-283-4867.