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Crime sweep nets eight alleged gangsters in Fauquier

Law officers across Northern Virginia arrested and charged 24 people with racketeering, human trafficking and violent crimes with gun and blade.

According to the statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office which was released on Sept. 4, while the majority of those indicted hailed from Prince William County, eight of those people are from Fauquier County.

The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office took part in “Operation Ruby Red,” a multi-year investigation that stretched into neighboring states and involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fairfax County Police Department, the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, Hampton Police Department, Manassas City Police Department and the United States Marshal Service in carrying out the operation.

The sheriff's office participated in the arrest of eight alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a subset of the Bloods street gang, said spokesman Lt. James Hartman.

Deputies and other law officers rounded up the men and women in Warrenton, Remington, Bealeton and Midland, Hartman said. The Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, wearing body armor and wielding assault weapons, answered the call for at least one arrest, Hartman said.
"This investigation includes crimes committed in Fauquier County by suspected gang members. [Our] detectives have been assisting in this investigation for several years,” he said.

A 34-page indictment filed at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia details the cancerous spread of the gang throughout the region since 2008.

Thaddaeus Snow of Manassas, also known as “Storm,” started the contagion when he moved to the region from North Carolina after a stint in prison, the indictment stated.

Snow recruited William Sykes, also known as “Black,” of Warrenton, and George Williams, also known as “Champ,” of Bealeton, to serve as his inner circle, according to the indictment.

With other recruits, they allegedly forced women to travel across state lines to engage in prostitution. The indictment describes a conspiracy to deal cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy and prescription painkillers for the good of the gang.

At Snow's behest, Sykes and Janee Yates, also known as “Alizia,” of Warrenton, allegedly cornered another gang member in a Fauquier County apartment on April 1, 2010 and used knives to split open the gang member's face, from mouth to ear.

They mutilated the gang member with a “Buck-Fifty,” so called because they take about 150 stitches to close, because the gang member had stolen drug money and disrespected Snow, according to the indictment.

Eleven days later, Sykes, Williams and Markeith Kerns, also known as “LTK,” of Sumerduck, allegedly shot at three people at Cedar Lee Middle School because of a dispute one of the people had with a member of the gang.

On multiple occasions, Sykes allegedly threatened and attacked women because they did not make enough money through prostitution to satisfy him. Around August or September 2012, Sykes allegedly slapped and choked a prostitute for 15 to 20 minutes.

A Washington D.C. member of the gang, Christopher Head, also known as “Briss,” allegedly assaulted a gang member named Lionel Ritchie, also known as “Boogie,” because Ritchie smoked phencyclidine (PCP) in violation of gang rules.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the following Fauquier residents were charged:

William Sharp Manning, also known as “Ill Will,” 24, of Warrenton, charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

Aayron Marshal, also known as “Mook ,” 23, of Warrenton, charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Janee Yates, also known as “Alizia,” 23, of Warrenton, charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

Deontae Holland, also known as “D-Boy,” 27, of Bealeton, charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

George Williams, also known as “Champ,” 28, of Bealeton, charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

William Sykes, also known as “Black,” 29, of Bealeton, charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

Lionel Ritchie, also known as “Boogie,” 29, of Remington, charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Markeith Kerns, also known as “LTK,” 20, of Sumerduck, charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

“We feel the federal indictments handed down in Operation Ruby Red and recent convictions in our local judicial system send a clear message that law enforcement and the citizens in our communities in Fauquier County won’t tolerate gangs and the lifestyle of crime that goes with them,” Hartman said.

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