FBI ar­rests Mad Stone Bloods street gang leader in New York

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - LOCAL PERSPECTIVES -

NEW YORK — A Brook­lyn man ac­cused of over­see­ing the Mad Stone Bloods, a vi­o­lent street and prison gang, has been ar­rested on charges of rack­e­teer­ing and in­ter­state drug traf­fick­ing, ac­cord­ing to newly un­sealed court records.

A grand jury in Nor­folk in­dicted Wil­liam See­ley, also known as “Papa Don,” and seven other Mad Stone Bloods mem­bers in a sprawl­ing drug con­spir­acy about a week be­fore FBI agents ar­rested See­ley on Nov. 1.

In ad­di­tion to traf­fick­ing heroin, co­caine and metham­phetamine on the streets, the gang has sought to main­tain in­flu­ence in Vir­ginia pris­ons by smug­gling in cell­phones and other con­tra­band, ac­cord­ing to the 27-count in­dict­ment.

Court pa­pers filed in Man­hat­tan de­scribed See­ley as the “global chair­man” of the gang, a “se­nior de­ci­sion-maker” who signed off on acts of re­tal­ia­tory vi­o­lence against ri­val gangs and di­rected the re­cruit­ment and pro­mo­tion of mem­bers in sev­eral states.

See­ley’s de­fense at­tor­ney did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment. See­ley is sched­uled to ap­pear Fri­day in U.S. District Court in Man­hat­tan.

Pros­e­cu­tors de­scribed the Mad Stone Bloods as a his­tor­i­cal ri­val of the no­to­ri­ous Crips of Los An­ge­les, as well as MS-13, a bru­tal street gang also known as La Mara Sal­va­trucha. Mad Stone Bloods mem­bers wear red and black and rou­tinely use the let­ter “K’’ in place of “C’’ as a sign of con­tempt for the Crips.

From New York, See­ley al­legedly presided over a so­phis­ti­cated hi­er­ar­chy that stretched from Texas to Con­necti­cut and gang ranks that in­cluded “god­fa­thers” and gen­er­als. Pros­e­cu­tors say gang mem­bers around the coun­try re­ported to See­ley and re­lied on him to au­tho­rize vi­o­lence against ri­val gangs.

Also charged in the in­dict­ment is Wil­lie Bur­roughs, who was ar­rested last month on charges that he served as a “god­fa­ther” of the Mad Stone Bloods in New York City.

His de­fense at­tor­ney said in an email that Bur­roughs is await­ing his trans­fer to Vir­ginia and in­tends to fight the charges.

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