According to the Detroit Free Press, federal agents have vowed to take down the Seven Mile Bloods, a Blood set operating in the Motor City. The gang is blamed for a lot of the violence occurring on their assumed turf, known as “4-8-2-0-Die” (a play on the the 48205 zip code) or the “Red Zone.”
According to court documents, a shooting war stemming from a 2014 murder erupted more than a year ago in an area bounded by Seven and Eight Mile roads and Gratiot Avenue and Kelly Road. The Seven Mile Bloods gang has claimed this area as its territory, records show, and refers to it as the “Red Zone” or “4-8-2-0-Die” in some of its rap lyrics.
Federal prosecutors allege that Seven Mile Bloods is in an active gang war with an alliance of other gangs, including Hustle Boys, East Warren, Six Mile Chedda Ave., Gutta Boys, Maxout 220, BossHogs and Hustle.
During the past 18 months, a multi-jurisdictional crime task force known as the Detroit One Partnership zeroed in on the territory — which saw significantly more shootings and homicides than other areas — and discovered “hit lists” that rival gangs posted on social media. Over time, arrests were made and crimes went down, authorities said, noting homicides have dropped every year since the formation of Detroit One in 2013.
The boys have made some headway in their crusade, indicting three members of the Seven Mile Bloods on multiple charges. Billy Arnold, 29, stands accused of attempted murder in aid of racketeering; assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; use of a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Steven Arthur Jr., 26, and Eugene Fisher, 35, have also been charged as felons in possession of guns.
This comes as part of series of federal and state charges handed out to target several Detroit gangs. The following are also facing federal racketeering charges:
- Nine members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods gang
- 13 members of the Latin Counts street gang
- 14 members of the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club/Vice Lords street gang.
- 8 Band Crew members
- 10 members of Related Through Money.
- 8 members of Traveling Vice Lords.