CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced that 14 people were arraigned in federal court on Monday, accused of being members of a street gang responsible for distribution of crack, heroin and marijuana to several homes and businesses in downtown Charleston
Officials said the gang distributed and manufactured drugs at various places on the East Side of Charleston, including residences and stores located on Ducs Court, Hanover Street, Columbus Street, and Meeting Street.
United States Attorney Nettles noted that the indictment is the result of the City of Charleston Police Department working in tandem with federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"I don't want to speak about this specific case except to say that teamwork works," Nettles said.
Chief Greg Mullen of the City of Charleston Police Department said that the partnership between the federal agencies and local police is effective.
"We are all working together to combat any criminal street gangs operating in our community," Mullen said. "Working with our federal partners, we have been able to achieve results far beyond those possible with just our resources."
The fourteen individuals who were indicted are CALVIN LEVAR DIXON, a/k/a "Booga", a/k/a Calvin Dion; MICHAEL ANGELO HAYES, a/k/a "Little Mike", a/k/a "Mikey", a/k/a Ricky Lamont Hayes; ARNOLD TERRELL BELLINGER, a/k/a "A-1"; JAMILE RAYNOD HARLEY, a/k/a "Miles", a/k/a "Mile", a/k/a "Tall Mile"; KEVIN LEMORT COAXUM, a/k/a "Blizz"; IMAN GANTT, a/k/a "I", a/k/a Imam Gantt, a/k/a Imen Gantt; KADRIN CHRISTOPHER SIMMONS, a/k/a "Little Black"; LAQUELL TAKEEM DIXON, a/k/a "Quelly", a/k/a "Q-Nuts", a/k/a "Q"; KENNETH BERNARD BROWN, a/k/a "Numsey"; SHABAZZ ROMELL WISE, a/k/a "Little Bazz"; MONTRELL SHARIFE WISE, a/k/a "Trell"; TONY BROWN; WALTER DEMEATRUS BROWN, a/k/a "Cook-a-Rooka"; and CHARLES FABERS, a/k/a Charles Fabers, Jr., a/k/a Junior Fabers, a/k/a Charles Fabes, a/k/a Charles Favors.
If convicted, all will face an enhanced 10-year federal sentence for their alleged membership in a criminal street gang.
Additionally, because of the weight of drugs alleged to have been distributed over the life of the conspiracy, eight of the accused would face a mandatory term of life imprisonment without parole on conviction. These are Arnold Bellinger, Kevin Coaxum, Jamile Harley, Montrell Wise, Tony Brown, Walter Brown Laquell Dixon, and Charles Fabers
Also, if convicted, Michael Hayes, Calvin Dixon and Shabazz Wise each face a mandatory minimum 20 sentence and a maximum of life imprisonment without parole. Michael Hayes also faces an additional mandatory consecutive sentence of 30 years for two alleged violations of a federal statute which makes it unlawful to use or possess a firearm during drug trafficking crime.
Kenneth Brown faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years and not more than life. All of the defendants are also facing a ten year sentencing enhancement based on a federal statute which makes it unlawful to be a member of a criminal street gang.