Detroit street gang member Mario (Ugg) Jackson received a nine-and-a-half year federal prison sentence this week in U.S. District Court for drug distribution, attempted murder and racketeering. The 24-year old Jackson is a part of the Cheddar Grove gang on Motown’s east side. He pleaded guilty in March to charges brought in a 2016 indictment naming 11 Cheddar Grove leaders and lieutenants, including Cheddar Grove boss Edwin (Eddie Boy) Mills and area rapper Philip (Team Eastside Peezy) Peaks. During his arrest, federal agent seized cocaine, marijuana, Oxycodone, illegal firearms and ammunition.

With its home base on Six Mile Road, Cheddar Grove is one of the Motor City’s fiercest street gangs. Following an altercation at a local shopping mall in 2014, Jackson was arrested on weapons and assault charges. The incident cost him two years of probation.

Earlier this week, several members of Detroit’s notorious Seven Mile Bloods gang were convicted in a federal murder and racketeering case. The Seven Mile Bloods also operate on the city’s far eastside. The two gangs have been at war for almost five years. Peazy was shot and robbed in February due to the tensions between the pair of street factions.

Like the more high-profile “SMB” case, the Cheddar Grove case included much evidence collected from postings on social media. Some of that evidence showed SMB boss Billy (Killa) Arnold stalking Peazy to try and murder him and Peazy disparaging SMB leaders on Facebook. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Arnold, who is still awaiting trial.

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