NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) Two additional members of the Rollin’ 40s Crips Gang were sentenced to federal prison this week for drug distribution and firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Ricky Brown, 44, of Nashville, was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute with 1,000 feet of a college. Brown was indicted in August 2018, after providing firearms to a confidential informant on two occasions in May and June 2018, while on parole. During a subsequent parole search of Brown’s residence, where children resided and near MeHarry Medical College, law enforcement officers found more than 370 grams of cocaine, digital scales and cash and marijuana. In May 2020, Brown pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.
Deandre Bridges, 32, also of Nashville, was sentenced on Monday to nine years in prison for possession and distribution of cocaine. Bridges was indicted in August 2018, after being arrested by officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) in February 2018 after he was found to be a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation. Bridges attempted to flee but was apprehended by MNPD officers. Officers found distribution amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana in the car where Bridges was seated and also found hydroxycodone and oxycodone pills, cash and digital scales. Bridges had earlier sold 24 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant in November 2017. He pleaded guilty in June 2020.
These follow Friday’s sentencing of Lorenzo Shelton, 38, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Shelton was convicted in September 2019, after a four-day jury trial, of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Shelton committed these crimes while on parole for previous drug trafficking convictions.
Since 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal, state and local law enforcement has charged 17 members of the Rollin’ 40s Crips Gang, 15 of which either have been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing.
These investigations were conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Tennessee Department of Correction. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Safeeullah prosecuted the cases against Brown and Bridges. Additional prosecutions of Rollin’40s Gang members have been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brooke K. Schiferle, Sunny A.M. Koshy, Miller Bushong, Robert McGuire, Josh Kurtzman, Robert Levine and Ben Schrader.