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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Gregory G. Brooker
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tasha Zerna

Federal Indictment Charges Three North Minneapolis Gang Members in Violent Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Indictment Alleges a Violent Gang War that Resulted in Shooting Deaths of Multiple Gang Members

Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced a federal indictment charging three members of the North Minneapolis-based 1-9 Block Dipset Gang with crimes related to violent gang activity, including conspiracy, possession and distribution of heroin, and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.1 DOMONICK DESHAY WRIGHT, a/k/a “Freaky,” 29, BRIAN FUNTANOUS MACK, a/k/a “B-Mack,” 32, and HAKEEM MALIK DONTAE FLAX, a/k/a “Keem,” 31, are currently in custody and are awaiting court appearances before a United States Magistrate Judge.

According to the indictment, from at least August 2016 through the present, the defendants maintained active membership in the 1-9 Block Dipset Gang, with the purpose of making money for the gang through criminal acts, including distribution of heroin. As part of their heroin distribution scheme, WRIGHT, MACK, FLAX and other members of the gang possessed, used and carried firearms in order to protect themselves from rival gang members and maintain drug distribution territory. WRIGHT, MACK and FLAX have prior felony offenses that make them ineligible to possess firearms.

According to the indictment and documents filed in state court, members of the 1-9 Block Dipset Gang were involved in a violent gang war with rival North Minneapolis gangs, including the Tre Tre Crips and the Young-N-Thuggin gangs, which resulted in the shooting deaths of gang members on both sides of the conflict. Disputes over gang territories and retaliation for prior acts of violence also contributed to the gun violence. As an example, on August 5, 2017, FLAX shot and killed a member of the rival Tre Tre Crips gang in a parking lot outside of a North Minneapolis restaurant.

1 The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty This indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Minneapolis Police Department.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.

Defendant Information:
DOMONICK DESHAY WRIGHT, a/k/a “Freaky,” 29
Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, 1 count
  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Felon in possession of a firearm, 2 counts
  • Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, 1 count

BRIAN FUNTANOUS MACK, a/k/a “B-Mack,” 32
Minneapolis, Minn.
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, 1 count
  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Felon in possession of a firearm, 3 counts
  • Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, 1 count

HAKEEM MALIK DONTAE FLAX, a/k/a “Keem,” 31
Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, 1 count
  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Felon in possession of ammunition, 1 count
  • Discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, 1 count

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