Three members of the Roosevelt chapter of the Bloods street gang have been arrested by the FBI on charges growing out of their war with the rival Crips gang, according to officials.
The three are named in a superseding indictment that originally had named four other members of their Bloods chapter.
As part of law enforcement’s crackdown on gang violence in the Roosevelt community, some 20 members of the rival Crips have previously been arrested.
The old indictment involving the four Bloods mainly involved the attempted robbery of a Uniondale drug dealer, officials said.
The new Bloods indictment, which now names a total of seven defendants, adds charges of racketeering, conspiracy to murder rival gang members, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, three gang-related attempted murders, related firearms counts, as well as the attempted robbery.
Officials identified the Bloods members newly indicted as Jermaine Green, 26; his brother, Johnny Green, 23, both of Roosevelt; and Tysaan Robinson, 26, of Freeport, officials said.
The three, who all pleaded not guilty in federal court in Central Islip, were held without bail, by U.S. Magistrate Gary Brown, pending future hearings. Their attorneys declined to comment, as did Eastern District prosecutor Michael Maffei.
“The actions of these gang members jeopardized the safety of the Roosevelt community, putting dozens of lives at risk,” Acting United States Attorney Bridget Rohde said in a statement. “We will continue to work diligently to dismantle criminal organizations like the Bloods to provide safe communities for the people on Long Island.”
Two leaders of the rival Roosevelt gang, the Rollin’ 60s chapter of the Crips, have recently been tried in federal court: Raphael Osborne, the gang leader, who had the title of The Big Whale, and Eric Smith, 29, who had the second-in-command gang title of The Big Hood.
Osborne was sentenced in January to three terms of life plus 145 years for conviction of racketeering, drug conspiracy and attempted murder. The attempted murders involved a federal informant and several members of rival gangs.
Smith, who is awaiting sentencing, was convicted in June of murder of a leader of the rival Bloods street gang and also of attempted murder, cocaine dealing, racketeering and robbery.
Some 20 members of the Crips gang or associates have been convicted of various crimes or are awaiting trial since the crackdown began following the 2011 shooting of a Hempstead police officer by a reputed gang member, officials have said. The officer was shot in the arm and in his bulletproof vest.
The investigation into the Roosevelt gangs was a joint effort by the FBI, the Nassau County police, and the Nassau County district attorney’s office, officials said.