COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Two alleged Crips members wanted in connection with several murders have been arrested.
Thomas Seals is among 19 people allegedly associated with the Crips gang who are facing racketeering charges. Police say Seals and Eric Henderson Jr. are connected to five murders, multiple attempted murders and other violent drug trafficking crimes.
Seals goes by the street name “Bhomo.” and was arrested Dec. 4.
Henderson goes by the street names of “Little Go” & “Little E.” and was arrested in November.
According to the indictment:
Beginning in June 2010, T&A members and associates conspired in a racketeering enterprise and engaged in murders, attempted murders, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, witness tampering, robbery, assault and other crimes within the Southern District of Ohio and elsewhere.
The gang controlled the neighborhood through intimidation, fear and violence. Gang members were expected to retaliate with acts of violence when their members and associates were disrespected, threatened, intimidated or subjected to acts of violence.
Specifically, co-conspirators are charged with five murders.
On July 1, 2012 in the area of 431 Ellison Street, Dantzler and Nelms shot and killed Franky Tention.
On March 15, 2013, Martin, Nelms and Robinson shot and murdered William Moore, a rival gang member.
Michael Henderson and Watson shot and killed Marvin Ector on December 23, 2013, on East 5th Avenue.
On January 24, 2015, Carson shot and murdered Quincy Story.
Hansard was involved in the murder of Deaonte Fisher on March 4, 2016.
Additionally, from June 14, 2010 until March 15, 2017, the indictment details at least 26 separate incidences in which T&A gang members attempted to murder more individuals by shooting at them.
Co-conspirators also threatened and/or intimidated witnesses, using violence or the threat of violence to deter them from providing information to law enforcement and to enforce a “no snitching” code.
Defendants distributed cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana. They also used “trap houses” in other individuals’ names to store and sell narcotics.
T&A members used the drug proceeds to purchase firearms to use in gang wars in Columbus. They often traveled to Huntington, W.Va, Portsmouth, Ohio and Chillicothe, Ohio (among other locations) to sell and purchase drugs and guns.
Each of the defendants faces life in prison. Carson, Dantzler, Hansard, Martin, Nelms, Robinson and Watson are charged with murder in aid of racketeering, a crime that could make them eligible for the death penalty.