83 United Blood Nation gang members indicted after mass arrests in Charlotte


CHARLOTTE (WSOC) - Authorities announced Thursday morning that federal and local law enforcement made dozens of arrests in the Charlotte area as part of a massive gang crackdown operation.

According to sources, the arrests of dozens of Bloods gang members took place early Thursday morning with teams of agents and officers conducting the roundup.

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Authorities said 83 United Blood Nation members were charged in the 163-page indictment, the largest single indictment in the history of the North Carolina Western District.

The gang members are accused in murders and other crimes, sources said.

Channel 9 was with heavily armed FBI agents as they wrapped up their operation in Cleveland County.

Channel 9 was also at the federal courthouse in uptown Charlotte and watched as numerous suspects arrived in handcuffs, and there was a noticeable extra police presence.

Neither the FBI nor the U.S. Attorney's Office has released any specifics about the operation.