Current Day: The S/W Bounty Hunter Bloods are a gang that claim 38th and surrounding areas as their stronghold, in recent years the set has shrunken in members but are still influential around El Corona, the Bounty Hunter Bloods are primarily African-American, but some members share other ethnic backgrounds.
According to the LSPD's Gang Unit the Bounty Hunter Bloods have picked their pace up in recent months, with the usage of drugs around El Corona going up alongside the crime rate. Parents around El Corona have been warned by officials to keep their children away from the set as it's believed they've started scouting and recruiting younger and more vulnerable children in their efforts to restore the dominance they once had.
On Feb. 22, 1993, Regis Deon Thomas, who is a well-known member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods killed two cops. Officer Kevin Michael Burrell and James Wayne MacDonald, were wearing bulletproof vests when they stopped a red pickup truck around 11 p.m, but were struck with bullets. With the officers lying on the rain-soaked street, Thomas fired several bullets into the back of their heads, execution-style.
In 1995, Regis Deon Thomas, 25 years of age at the time of shooting, was sentenced to death by leather injection or the gas chamber.
The leader of the violent Bounty Hunter Bloods gang was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday.
Ramiah Jefferson, 27, who is also known as Nightmare, encouraged violent crimes and trafficking, and ordered the killings and attempted killings of rivals, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement.
After a trial in August, he was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
“When street gangs commit violent acts and endanger innocent victims, we will use the full force of the law to remove them from our neighborhoods,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement.
The Bounty Hunter Bloods have been known for home invasions, armed robberies and carjackings as well as drug and weapons dealing, McQuade has said.
Jefferson ordered at least some of these killings and attempted killings via Facebook, when he wrote in 2010 that it was “huntin’ season” and that he and fellow gang members needed to “knock them down one by one,” referring to rival gang members, prosecutors said.
To rise through the gang's ranks, members had to “put in work” -- usually robberies, carjackings and killings of other gang members. A carjacking associated with the gang led to the death of a CVS security guard named Courtney Meeks in February 2014, as Meeks tried to stop a mother and son from being carjacked.
Members often posted social media photos and rap songs to show that they were part of the gang.
The investigation was part of the Detroit One collaboration, which involves Detroit Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to the statement, the following Bounty Hunter Blood members were also convicted and sentenced:
- Evan Johnson, 24, of Los Santos, known as Unkle Murda, convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and sentenced to 30 years.
- Alexander Deshawn George, 20, of Los Santos, known as Bullet, convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and sentenced to 18 years.
- David Lamar Gay, 22, of Los Santos, known as Glock, convicted of murder in aid of racketeering and sentenced to 17 ½ years.
- Drakkar Beral Cunningham, 25, of Los Santos, known as Rellz, convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and sentenced to 5 years
- Everette Ramon George, 21, of Los Santos, known as Klout, convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and sentenced to 4 years 9 months
- Mario Garnes, 28, of Los Santos, known as Bloodhound, convicted of RICO conspiracy and sentenced to 42 months
- Gerald Deshawn Turner, 25, of Los Santos, known as G-Red, convicted of RICO conspiracy and sentenced to time served and three years of supervised release.
- Marcus Andre Harvey, 23, of Los Santos, known as Caesar, was also convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and is scheduled to be sentenced May 2.