WILMINGTON The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina John Stuart Bruce announced today that alleged members and associates of the Sex, Money, Murder (SMM) Scotland Neck-area Bloods street gang, have been indicted for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin.
The 15-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on June 27, 2017. The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute heroin; distribution and possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin; distribution of a quantity of heroin; and felon in possession of a firearm.
The defendants include:
MARKELL DESETTAN WIGGINS, aka Kell, aka Killa, 31;
BO’NEKA SARELL McDANIEL, 27;
REGINALD SAVAGE, aka Whimp, 46;
COLLIN LEE WHITAKER JR., aka BJ, 23;
KEVIN DWAYNE CARSWELL, aka K Rock, 30;
DANTEE BROWN, aka Tay, 35;
SHANTA VENITA HINES, 27.
With the exception of HINES, who was released on pretrial conditions, all of the defendants charged in the indictment are in custody pending trial.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force, a multi-agency task force; North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement; Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office; Halifax County Sheriff’s Office; Pinetops Police Department; Scotland Neck Police Department; Tarboro Police Department; Rocky Mount Police Department; and Nash County Sheriff’s Office. The federal prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Dena King.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of North Carolina