DANVILLE, VA. (WFMY) - Danville police and numerous other agencies arrested 18 suspected gang members and associates Thursday morning, they announced in a news conference.
Authorities said this is the most significant indictment of local gang members in at least a decade and probably two decades.
Federal racketeering and related charges were brought on against several in the national Bloods and Crips street gangs, who were active in Danville.
U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said some of the gang members planned and orchestrated the August 20, 2016 shootout at a Danville apartment complex that resulted in Christopher Motley's death. Motley, 33, was an innocent bystander.
There were two separate indictments mentioned in the briefing. The first of which charged eight members with racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering including murder and attempted murder and several counts of using firearms. The second indictment charged seven members with racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering including murder and attempted murder and using firearms to commit crimes. Three women associates were charged with being accessories in the second indictment.
Officials said the criminal activity the gang members participated in took place in Danville as well as parts of Pittsylvania County and North Carolina.