WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The leader of a Blood-connected gang in a North Carolina city has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that a release from the U.S. Attorney's Eastern District of North Carolina Office says 24-year-old Kejuan Tizom Shabazz Smith was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and sentenced Wednesday.

The release says federal and state law enforcement agencies determined that Smith led the Nine Trey Gangsters, a Wilmington subset of the United Blood Nation gang.

Smith was arrested in August 2016 on information revealed during a law enforcement-conducted federal wiretap during July and August.

Multiple co-defendants have been sentenced.

The case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation.


Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com