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Federal agents say detained suspect, a member of Nine Trey Bloods responsible for slaying of Sinaloa cartel member

July 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal agents say detained suspect, a member of Nine Trey Bloods responsible for slaying of Sinaloa cartel member

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Federal agents arrested a North Carolina man last month who they believe is a member of the Nine Trey Bloods, a violent Triangle street gang that has been under investigation for offenses including shootings, attempted murder, and the slaying of a Mexican drug cartel member.

On June 9th, the FBI charged 31-year-oldd Jermaine Clack with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, a search warrant unsealed this week by the FBI’s Raleigh-Durham Safe Streets Task Force revealed.

Clack was arrested after authorities searched a room in his house and discovered a .22 caliber revolver, 104 grams of cocaine and more than $4,000 in cash, according to the News Observer.

Task Force Officer Andrew Knight indicated in the warrant that the State Highway Patrol, Durham police, and sheriff’s departments have been targeting members of the Nine Trey Bloods who may be involved in the distribution of heroin and cocaine.

Top: Humberto Rafael Anzaldo and Demarcus Lamont Cates (L to R). Bottom: Hector Manuel Lopez, Jr., Luis Armando Perez and Rontel Vincae Royster (L to R). were involved in a 2013 fatal shooting death during a drug transaction

Detectives said the group has worked as a criminal enterprise in Durham and other counties. The variety of crimes they committed includes drug trafficking, cash laundering, murder, conspiring to commit murder, possession of illegal guns and home invasions. In one example, members threatened to drown a 4-year-old.

Knight added that the gang was responsible for the 2013 fatal shooting of Humberto Reyes Florez, a 24-year-old purported member of the Sinaloa drug Cartel.

The Alamance Sheriff’s Office added that several members of the Sinaloa Cartel, including Florez, along with Humberto Rafael Anzaldo, Hector Manuel Lopez, Jr., and Luis Armando Perez provided close to $200,000 in cocaine on consignment to Demarcus Lamont Cates and Rontel Vincae Royster, both members of the Nine Trey Bloods who failed to pay back the drug debt.

According to Knight, a beef over the drug transaction went awry, which resulted in the abduction of a gang member’s father, ultimately led to Florez being shot multiple times in the head and arms.

Both Royster and Cates were sentenced in 2015 to five years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, drugs, and gun-releated charges.

Prosecutors charged Rafael Anzaldo, 20, with first-degree kidnapping and trafficking cocaine. However, he agreed to a plea deal in exchange for testifying against the gang members.

Hector Manuel Lopez, Jr., and Luis Armando Perez remain fugitives and are believed to have fled to Mexico.

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