Feds: 9 members of Detroit’s ‘6 Mile Chedda Grove’ gang charged with racketeering, murder

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<> on February 2, 2009 in Miami, Florida.
<> on February 2, 2009 in Miami, Florida.
 
The initial indictment in June charged Edwin Mills and Carlo Wilson with murder in aid of racketeering for the mid-afternoon shootings that occurred at the Troester Market on December 1, 2015, that resulted in two deaths and serious injuries to children.  The superseding indictment unsealed today adds nine more defendants and charges racketeering conspiracy, additional murders in aid of racketeering and related offenses.  Two additional murders charged in the superseding indictment also occurred in broad daylight on February 7, 2015, and August 20, 2015.

According to the superseding indictment, “6 Mile Chedda Grove” is a street gang that operates primarily within an area bordered roughly by East McNichols Road to the north, Kelly Road to the east, Houston-Whittier Street to the south, and Chalmers Street to the west.  The superseding indictment alleges that 6 Mile Chedda Grove is a violent organization responsible for murders, assaults, robberies, and firearms and narcotics trafficking in the Detroit metropolitan area and in other states.  The gang allegedly uses violence to retaliate against rivals, to intimidate witnesses and to advance members’ positions within the gang.

Under the Detroit One initiative, and through the lead efforts of the FBI’s Violent Gang Task Force and the Detroit Police Gang Intelligence Unit, law enforcement identified several members of this gang who have been charged in the superseding indictment in federal court.  The Task Force includes representatives of the Detroit Police Department, Michigan Department of Corrections and the U.S. Border Patrol. 

Here are the names of the defendants:

Four defendants were taken into custody over the last two days on this indictment:

  • Mario Leico Jackson, a/k/a “Ugg,” 23, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy;
  • Phillip Glen-Earl Peaks, a/k/a “Peezy,” 28, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy;
  • Michael Richardson, a/k/a “Mikey Made,” 28, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime;
  • Devontae Aaron Russell, a/k/a “Tae,” 23, of Knoxville, Tennessee, charged with racketeering conspiracy.

Seven other defendants are already in federal or state custody based upon other charges, including:

  • Edwin Lamont Mills, a/k/a “Ed Boy,” 26, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy, and two counts each of murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence causing death;
  • Carlo Dajuan Wilson, a/k/a “Los,” 23, of Warren, charged with racketeering conspiracy, and two counts each of murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence causing death;
  • Donell Christopher Thompson, a/k/a “Dnell,” 26, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy, and one count each of murder in aid of racketeering and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence causing death;
  • Lomnil Bookies Jackson, a/k/a “Lomo,” 23, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy, and one count each of murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence causing death;
  • Patrick Jeffrey Johnson, a/k/a “Cane,” 22, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy;
  • Corey Alexander Mills, 22, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy;
  • Robert Wayne Baytops, a/k/a “R.B.,” 41, of Detroit, charged with racketeering conspiracy and felon in possession of firearms.

“The Detroit One strategy to dismantle violent gangs has two key components — enforcement operations like this one and intervention through the Ceasefire call-in program, stated U.S. Attorney McQuade.  “The Detroit One enforcement efforts target street gangs that are responsible for violence in our neighborhoods.  We have seen encouraging results, including a 35 percent reduction in shootings in Detroit’s 9th Precinct, where this gang operates.”

“We are extremely proud of the outstanding work done today by our agents and law enforcement partners, which is the result of long-term efforts to counter violent crime, illegal drugs, and organized criminal activity,” said David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office.  “The continued success and impact of the Detroit One Initiative is persuasive evidence of how interagency collaboration results in tangible public safety benefits to the citizens we serve in the Detroit metropolitan area.”

“The people of Detroit deserve a safe city in which they may thrive,” said Chief James E. Craig. “The Detroit One partnership is rooted in the belief that all citizens and neighborhoods deserve to be free of crime and our joint efforts to make that a reality will continue.”

 

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