Sunday, June 16

Six Houston gang members indicted on federal charges

Six alleged members of the 100% Third Ward (103) Gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston on charges of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm to commit murder in aid of racketeering.

The defendants are Shaquile O’Neal Richards, Alexandra Elizabeth Nicks, Deandre Watson, Marcus Dewane Christopher, Marquis Juwan Erskin and Mertroy Harris. The defendants are accused of involvement in a murder that occurred on London Street in the Third Ward in Houston in October 2017.

The 103 Gang allegedly recruits new members primarily from the neighborhoods within the Third Ward area, and allegedly engages in criminal acts involving murder, robbery, narcotics distribution and assault. The indictment was the first returned as part of the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Violent Crime Initiative, which is being conducted in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and local, state and federal law enforcement.

The initiative aims to address violent crime by employing, where appropriate, federal racketeering laws to prosecute gang members in the southwest and southeast areas of Houston. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the Houston Police Department, with assistance from the Texas Anti-Gang Center.

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