NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 45-count indictment charges members of a "violent New Orleans street gang" of 12 homicides as well as multiple violations of federal drug and firearm laws.
The indictment details the alleged actions of "The 39ers," a gang that was formed through an alliance between the "G-Strip" gang and the "3NG" gang. Officials say the G-Strip gang operated in the Ninth Ward on Gallier Street and the 3NG gang operated near the corner Third Street and Galvez Street.
The two gangs converged to increase drug trafficking and ability to commit violent crimes, according to the indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice.
All defendants are facing a mandatory life sentence if convicted of committing a murder in furtherance of racketeering activity.
The defendants include Leroy "Lee" Price, 29; Ashton "Pound" Price, 24; Alonzo "Woo-dee" Peters, 25; Jasmine "J-Real" Perry, 24; McCoy "Rat" Walker, 25; Terrioues "T-Red" Owney, 28; Evans "Easy" Lewis, 23; Curtis "Pooney" Neville, 22; Rico "Freaky" Jackson, 33; Tyrone "T-Bone" Knockum, 24; Solomon "Black" Doyle, 29; Washington "Big Wash" McCaskill, 36; and Damian "AD" Barnes, 27.
Officials say each defendant participated in at least one homicide.
The indictment is the product of an ongoing investigation into the drug trafficking and violent crime by this and other New Orleans gangs.