PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A federal grand jury Monday handed out an indictment against six men the U.S. Attorney’s Office says were operating a criminal enterprise in the neighborhood near the Chad Brown housing complex.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the men – identified as Delacey Andrade, Keishon Johnson, Montrel Johnson, Marcel Jones, Kendrick Johnson and Christopher Britto – are members of “The Chad Brown Gang.”
They’re charged with violating RICO laws — the Racketeer Influenced Criminal Organization Act — by allegedly engaging in attempted murders, felony assaults, federal firearms offenses, drug trafficking and obstruction of justice.
Four of the men are alleged to be responsible for four drive-by shootings in Providence.
Court documents say those shootings were in retaliation for assaults, shootings, and murders of Chad Brown Gang members or their allies.
In one case, shots were fired into a car driven by a person they weren’t intending to target, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Stephen G. Dambruch.
Ballistics investigations tied six shootings to the same firearm, allegedly owned by one of the men and shared among associates.
The charges of distributing drugs included cocaine and marijuana.
The charges against the six men include:
- Delacey Andrade, 24, North Providence: RICO, felon in possession of firearm, cocaine distribution
- Keishon Johnson, 28, Providence: RICO, felon in possession of firearm, marijuana distribution
- Montrel Johnson, 22, Providence: RICO, obstruction of justice
- Marcel Jones, 30, West Warwick: felon in possession of firearm
- Kendrick Johnson, 27, North Providence: RICO, felon in possession of a firearm, cocaine distribution
- Christopher Britto, 25, Warwick: violent crimes in aid of racketeering
The indictment comes after a two-year investigation under the Project Safe Neighborhoods collaboration between federal, state, and city law enforcement, Dambruch said in a news release.
“The gun and gang violence perpetrated by this criminal enterprise is fueled by long-simmering feuds that have wreaked chaos and fear throughout every corner of our capital city. The actions of these defendants individually and collectively are extremely violent, show an utter disregard for human life, and cannot be allowed to flourish or further infect this community,” added Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.