The Justice Department says four members of a gang in Providence have pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors say the leaders of the Chad Brown gang admitted to participation in a racketeering enterprise that was responsible for gun violence which targeted rival gang members, plus drug trafficking.
“There is no higher priority for this Office and this Department than combatting violent crime and gun violence in our communities,” said United States Attorney Cunha. “This case demonstrates that we, working hand-in-glove with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, will bring every resource at our disposal - including the sweep and impact of a RICO prosecution, to bring the sources of violence in our communities to justice. These convictions are a testament to that cooperation- particularly the work of the Providence Police Department, ATF, and the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, and a victory for public safety.”
“This case is an example of how this Office, working with our partners in law enforcement over the past several years, has focused our resources to target those who are driving violent crime in our state,” said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. “Using NIBIN technology, which allows for the digital comparison of spent ammunition casings to link firearms to multiple crime scenes, we were able to link a firearm we recovered to six additional shootings, two of which the defendants were charged with. Thanks to this investigation and prosecution, some of the worst perpetrators of violent crime in Providence will now find themselves behind bars– and for a long time. I am particularly grateful for our partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office and the strong work by federal law enforcement and the Providence Police Department in this case.”
The men are looking at a decade in prison.
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