November 3, 2019 — Motor City drug lord Corey (Cocaine Sonny) Bailey, the second-in-command and co-founder of the Seven Mile Bloods street gang, and his lieutenant Arlantis (Grimy) Shy were both hit with heavy prison time for convictions they took over a year ago. Bailey, who has been incarcerated since 2014 on an unrelated gun charge, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for murder and Shy was sentenced to 18 years for racketeering and narcotics trafficking. The pair and three other co-defendants were found guilty at a federal RICO trial that spanned two months in the summer of 2018.

The case was brought against the entire leadership structure of the Seven Mile Bloods (SMB) in 2016 and broken up into separate trials for the 21 people named in the indictment. The 31-year old Bailey and co-defendant Billy (The Killer) Arnold founded SMB in the 2000s on the dangerous northeast side of Detroit. Now days, the area is commonly referred to as the “Red Zone.” Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Arnold, who is still awaiting trial.

Bailey was convicted in the slaying of rival gang member Djuan (Neff) Page, killed in a drive-by shooting in July 2014. Page belonged to the Hustle Boys gang, which was at war with SMB over drug dealing turf.

Shy, 31, was in charge of a pill pipeline that ran from Detroit and to West Virginia. He was acquitted of one of the four murder counts brought in the original indictment.

The Seven Mile Bloods have been the most dominant street gang in Detroit’s underworld for the past decade. 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 dismantle the SMB hierarchy.

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