The leader of a Blood-connected gang in a North Carolina city has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports that a release from the U.S. Attorney's Eastern District of North Carolina Office says 24-year-old Kejuan Tizom Shabazz Smith was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and sentenced Wednesday.
The release says federal and state law enforcement agencies determined that Smith led the Nine Trey Gangsters, a Wilmington subset of the United Blood Nation gang.
Smith was arrested in August 2016 on information revealed during a law enforcement-conducted federal wiretap during July and August.
Multiple co-defendants have been sentenced.
The case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation.