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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Nebraska

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 29, 2016
Deborah R. Gilg
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joseph P. Jeanette

Major Omaha Gang Members Indicted in Ground-Breaking Rico Investigation

United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned a 15 count indictment under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act, of six individuals of the 40th Ave and 44th Ave Crips. This was a three year long federal and local investigation impacting gun and gang violence coupled with witness intimidation in Northeast Omaha. The individuals indicted, and others, were engaged in criminal activity including, but not limited to drug distribution, witness tampering, and acts of violence involving assault, murder and attempted murder.  Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  This investigation was spearheaded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Omaha Police Department.  The United States Attorney’s office will be assisted in the prosecution by trial attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Gang Section of the Criminal Division. All individuals are from Omaha.

Jerell Haynie, a.k.a. “Bootie,” a.k.a. “T”

Male, Age 32

Greg Bahati, a.k.a. “Pooh Bear,” a.k.a. “Murk 2x”

Male, Age 21

Dionte Dortch, a.k.a. “Killa Tay,”

Male, Age 22

Kendell Tealer

Male, Age 28

Brandon Heard, a.k.a. “B”

Male, Age 25

Julio Arias, a.k.a. “Rudy”

Male, Age 24

Count 1: (Lead charge) RICO Conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d), All Defendants are charged in Count 1. 

Penalties for Haynie, Bahati, Dortch, Heard and Arias: 0-20 years, $250,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Penalties for Tealer: Death, NLT Life; $250,000, TSR 5 yrs, $100 SA

Count 2: Attempted Murder in-aid-of Racketeering, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(5), defendant is Haynie.

Penalties: 0-10 yrs, $250,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 3: Attempt to Commit Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in-aid-of Racketeering, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6), defendant is Haynie

Penalties: 0-3 yrs, $250,000, TSR 1 year, $100 SA

Count 4: Discharge a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(ii) & 924(c)(1)(A)(iii), defendant is Haynie

Penalties: 10 yrs to Life, $250,000, TSR 5 yrs, $100 SA

Count 5: Distribution of Cocaine Base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(C), defendant is Heard

Penalties: 0-20 yrs, $1,000,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 6: Distribution of Cocaine Base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(C), defendant is Heard

Penalties: 0-20 yrs, $1,000,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 7: Distribution of Cocaine Base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(C), defendant is Heard

Penalties: 0-20 yrs, $1,000,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 8: Threats in Aid of Racketeering, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(4), defendant is Bahati

Penalties: 0-5 yrs, $250,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 9: Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(ii), defendant is Bahati

Penalties: 7 yrs to Life, $250,000, TSR 5 yrs, $100 SA

Count 10: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) & 924(a)(2), defendant is Dortch

Penalties: 0-10 yrs, $250,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 11: Witness Tampering, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(b)(1), 1512(b)(2)(A) & 1512(b)(3), defendant is Dortch

Penalties: 0-20 years, $250,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 12: Attempted Obstruction of Justice, 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2) defendant is Dortch

Penalties: 0-20 years, $250,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 13: Distribution of Cocaine Base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(C), defendant is Arias

Penalties: 0-20 yrs, $1,000,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 14: Distribution of Cocaine Base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(C), defendant is Arias

Penalties: 0-20 yrs, $1,000,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

Count 15: Distribution of Cocaine Base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(C), defendant is Arias

Penalties: 0-20 yrs, $1,000,000, TSR 3 yrs, $100 SA

U.S.Attorney Gilg stated: “These gangs formed a criminal enterprise with the sole objective of drug trafficking and protecting their turf by violence including shootings, murder and attempted murder.  The use of the RICO tool in the indictment is a warning to other gangs involved in similar conduct that law enforcement will use every method available to interrupt and terminate the cycle of violence and fear perpetuated by these gangs.  The witnesses in these cases are courageous and are to be commended for their willingness to stand up and present evidence to the grand jury.”

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