CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Federal officials announced a major crackdown on gang activity at the federal courthouse in Charlottesville on Friday.
Multiple people have been arrested, including four former Virginia prison employees.
According to U.S. Attorney John Fishwick, the group is called the Mad Stone Bloods, and members are connected to multiple murders, robberies and shootings in several states.
The gang reportedly has a significant presence in Virginia.
Court documents were unsealed Friday following the arrests of most of the 20 suspects.
Thirteen of the defendants are facing federal racketeering charges.
According to the indictment, the gang operates in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Maryland, involved in various criminal activities including murder, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud and mail fraud inside and outside of prisons.
The national leaders for the gang are based in New York, and federal officials say Virginia leaders of the gang report to them.
The defendants are accused of shootings, armed robberies, narcotics trafficking, interstate firearms trafficking and fraud.
Four former Virginia Department of Corrections officers from Lawrenceville, Greensville and Buckingham County were arrested in connection with this case.
Twenty-year-old Shaunda Rochelle Jones and 20-year-old Jamese Jenee Jones, both of Farmville, and a third unidentified DOC employee, allegedly conspired to smuggle controlled substances into prison facilities and deliver the drugs to gang members for use and distribution within prisons in Virginia.
A fourth DOC employee, who worked as an inmate counselor, has been charged in a related case for smuggling contraband to a gang leader in prison with whom she was having a sexual relationship.
There are six Virginia-based defendants facing racketeering charges, including 31-year-old Michael Demont Dove, formerly of Newport News; 28-year-old Terrance Nathaniel Brown, Jr., formerly of Norfolk; 47-year-old Clifford Alexand Jennings of Virginia Beach; 35-year-old Anthony Alfred Day, formerly of Portsmouth; 39-year-old James Albert Bumbry of Cave Springs; and 36-year-old Ronnie Monroe Nicholas, Jr., formerly of Hopewell.
Two others, 28-year-old Corey Owens of Norfolk and 26-year-old Jermaine Shiquill Epps, are charged with crimes related to gang activity.
Several people pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy during the course of this multi-jurisdictional investigation. They detailed various criminal activity by alleged gang members, including conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery, narcotics trafficking inside Virginia prisons and on the streets, and other acts of violence.
They are 33-year-old Aaron Markeith Gerald, 33-year-old Carlos Williams, 37-year-old Christie Bailey, 24-year-old Nicholas Johnson, 38-year-old Adrienne Yvonne Williams, 34-year-old Reginald Ball and 39-year-old Rontea Lakey Gunn.
Three people who are connected to the the gang have not yet been arrested. FBI officials say then cannot comment on when those arrests may be made.
Members of the FBI's Richmond and Norfolk Divisions, the Virginia State Police, The Virginia DOC, the Norfolk Police Department, the Harrisonburg Police Department, and the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office were all involved.