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18 indicted in Howard Co. racketeering case

A federal grand jury has indicted 18 alleged members of the Bloods gang in Howard County on racketeering charges. Two of those gang members and three others are facing drug charges.

The indictment was unsealed Wednesday after the arrests of 15 defendants. Five defendants were already in custody. At least one is an inmate at the Chesapeake Detention Center.

Prosecutors say the gang members and associates sold drugs to support the gang. Court documents show that members discussed this and other criminal activity to support the gang and their financial support, including reloadable debit cards, for incarcerated members during intercepted phone calls.

Each of the 18 defendants charged in the racketeering conspiracy and each of the five defendants charged in narcotics conspiracies faces up to 20 years in prison.