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Reputed Blood member pleads not guilty; Lloyd, Powell set for court appearances

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A woman indicted in a case alleging racketeering charges among reputed United Blood Nation members has pled not guilty.

In the order for her continued detention in federal custody, the government proffered Bianca Kiashie Harrison, who has ties to the Rich Square area, “has significant leadership role in UBN. She was arrested on this charge at the Charlotte airport. According to her she was flying to New York. During a later transport to the hospital, government proffers that she attempted to slip out of handcuffs.”
Harrison, who goes by the street name Little Gunz, is scheduled for arraignment on September 5 at the federal courthouse in Charlotte, according to a minute entry filed in the court record. That proceeding is scheduled for 9 a.m.
United States Magistrate Judge David S.Cayer Tuesday denied her pretrial release on several other factors as well as her reputed leadership role in the UBN.
His overall reason for denying her release was “by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community.”
The factors include her past criminal record, history of violence or use of weapons, history of alcohol or substance abuse, failure to appear in court as ordered, unknown or unverified background information and prior violations of probation, parole or supervised released.
Information on David Watson, another Rich Square man who was indicted, shows he was arrested last week in Woodland.

Lamonte Lloyd and Tyquan Powell

Meanwhile, Lloyd and Powell charged federally with a murder in Scotland Neck and Gastonia, were the subjects of two writs of habeas corpus in the case.
Cayer ordered Lloyd be detained in the Halifax County Jail and be brought to Charlotte on June 19 to appear before the court on the charges against him in the indictment. He is to be returned to Halifax County after the proceedings.
Powell, who is being held in Mecklenburg County, is also ordered to appear in court in Charlotte on June 19.

Background

In all, 83 members of the group were indicted following a five-state raid.
The charges were related to federal racketeering conspiracy charges and charges related to murder, attempted murder, violent assault, narcotics distribution, firearms possession and Hobbs Act robbery.
A number of defendants are also charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft related to financial crimes.
The operation was a coordinated effort involving more than 600 federal, state and local law enforcement officers who executed the arrest warrants in Charlotte, Cleveland County, and eastern North Carolina.

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