Atlanta, GA – A 12-count indictment has been unsealed in the Northern District of Georgia, charging 23 defendants, all alleged members and associates of the Sex Money Murder (SMM) gang, with racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking, and firearms violations.
The indictment alleges that SMM, a national gang and subset of The Bloods, has operated within and outside prisons, orchestrating numerous violent and criminal offenses, including murders, assaults, and drug trafficking, for over a decade. The charges are a result of a coordinated federal and state law enforcement investigation aimed at dismantling the gang.
SMM members, often using contraband cellphones, are accused of committing various crimes, including murders, attempted murders, drug trafficking, and fraud within and outside the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC). The gang is alleged to be organized into subgroups or “sets” responsible for criminal activities, generating financial proceeds, resolving conflicts, and enforcing adherence to SMM rules and protocols.
The indictment outlines specific acts of violence, including murders, stabbings, attempted arson, and drug-related offenses, committed by SMM members between 2014 and 2021. Notably, one incident involved storming a home and shooting into a bathroom, resulting in the death of a nine-month-old child.
Among the defendants are incarcerated individuals who allegedly orchestrated crimes from within prisons using contraband cellphones. The charges include racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking, and firearm violations.
The investigation involved collaborative efforts from federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Georgia Department of Corrections. The charges demonstrate a commitment to holding violent gang members accountable for their actions.
The indicted defendants face various charges, including RICO conspiracy, drug trafficking, and weapons offenses. The charges reflect a comprehensive effort to combat gang activity within correctional facilities and across communities.
The case is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program, which aims to identify, disrupt, and dismantle high-level criminal organizations.
The defendants were arrested on November 8, 2023, and appeared in U.S. District Court in Atlanta and Albany on the same day. The investigation reflects the dedication of law enforcement agencies to protect communities from the impact of gang-related crimes.
An indictment is an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
For further information, please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.