Police conducted early-morning raids Friday throughout metro Atlanta after 30 alleged members of the Bloods gang were indicted the day before.
A Cobb County grand jury handed down two separate indictments against distinct Bloods gang sets, the Ape (All Profit and Extortion) Gang and the Bounty Hunter Bloods. The national Bloods gang is often broken down locally into subcategories, or sets.
Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said at a press conference later Friday that both cases started with separate homicides and took between nine and 10 months to investigate.
The accusations range from throwing up gang signs on Facebook and minimal drug possession to racketeering and malice murder, according to indictment documents.
“Both of these gangs without any equivocation are violent gangs. Law enforcement has managed today to take a number of violent offenders off the street,” Reynolds said.
At 5 a.m., several SWAT teams in Cobb and Clayton counties simultaneously served warrants, according to a news release from the Clayton County Police Department.
Among them was a Smyrna home inhabited by Clara George, who told Channel 2 Action News that authorities busted in her window early Friday to get her son, Randy Jones.
Jones, 19, is charged with racketeering and violating his probation for possessing marijuana.
“He’s not a gang member,” George told Channel 2. “... Nothing can make me believe that, nothing.”
The malice murder charges stem from the separate killings of Ny’Jaia Glanton in December 2017 and Tyon Gorman in April 2018.
Misheon Tysam Gadson, 21, and Dealma Marie Washington, 41, were indicted in the death of 22-year-old Glanton, who was found shot in the head inside a Highlands Parkway hotel.
Je’Marquise Wright, 18, was indicted in the death of 19-year-old Gorman, who was shot outside a Bells Ferry Road shopping center.
The Cobb County Police Department said the raids involved many agencies, from Marietta police to the FBI. The Georgia Department of Corrections also served warrants.
“The amazing collaboration among several different law enforcement agencies and jurisdictions to bring these fugitives to justice is what law enforcement officials dedicate their lives toward. This is win for everyone,” said a statement from Clayton police.
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