Detroit crime boss Corey (Cocaine Sonny) Bailey, the second-in-command and co-founder of the Seven Mile Bloods street gang, and four of the gang’s top lieutenants, were convicted on racketeering, narcotics, weapons, assault and murder counts in federal court this week. The 30-year old Bailey, also a rapper, has been in prison since the summer of 2014 on an unrelated gun charge.

Robert (Ro Da Great) Brown, Eugene (Fist) Fisher, Arlandis (Grimey) Shy and Keithon (KP the Prince) Porter were found guilty as well. The trial lasted nearly two months. The jury deliberated for an entire week. Fisher was only convicted on a pair of illegal firearm charges.  Brown is one of the gang’s co-founders and beat a murder rap.

The case was brought against the entire leadership structure of the Seven Mile Bloods in 2016 and broken up into separate trials for the 21 people named in the indictment. The first group of defendants to go to trial were either acquitted or had a hung jury back in the winter. The next group heads to trial in the fall.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Seven Mile Bloods boss Billy (Killa) Arnold. Four of the five men convicted this week face life in prison upon sentencing.

Bailey was convicted in the July 2014 killing of adversary Djuan (Neff) Page where Page was shot to death in a drive-by shooting. Porter, 32, was convicted in the May 2015 slaying of rival gang member Dvante (Little D) Roberts. Page belonged to the Hustle Boys gang and Roberts was a Mapleridge Boys gangbanger. Both the Hustle Boys and Mapleridge Boys were at war with the Seven Mile Bloods. Just days before Roberts’ homicide, Seven Mile Blood co-founder Devon (Block) McClure was killed.

The Seven Mile Bloods have been the most dominant street gang in Detroit’s underworld for the past decade, controlling the drug trade on the Motor City’s notoriously dangerous northeast side (dubbed the “Red Zone” or the “4820-DIE”) with a heavy handed, shoot-first-ask-questions-later mentality that has left a trail of rivals’ dead bodies and drawn the ire of federal law enforcement. The group’s penchant for being active and boastful on a number of different social media platforms and releasing rap videos (under the Hard Work Entertainment banner) bragging of their exploits gave the feds the ammunition they needed to go after it.

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