North Carolina woman who helped Bloods gang members buy guns, distribute fentanyl, heroin gets 6 years

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Rocky Mount woman who helped gang members buy guns and distribute fentanyl and heroin in multiple counties will spend nearly six years in prison.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that 35-year-old Vernisha Suggs received her 71-month sentence Wednesday from U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. She pleaded guilty in February to charges of conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl and conspiring to make false statements during the purchase of firearms.

According to court documents and other evidence presented by prosecutors, Suggs from 2018-20 bought numerous guns for Bloods gang members from licensed firearms dealers in Rocky Mount, signing paperwork saying the weapons were for her own use before handing them to gang members.

One of those guns was used in a gang-related shootout in 2019 and others were recovered from Bloods members during traffic stops or the execution of search warrants, prosecutors said.

Suggs also helped gang members distribute the two drugs in Nash and Edgecombe counties, allowing her home to be used for out-of-state drug suppliers to bring their fentanyl and heroin mixtures and providing a rental car that was used to bring a mixture of the two substances from New York to Rocky Mount.

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Michael Dixon

Once again a gun law that's pled down. The drug charges alone should be 5-10 and the purchasing a gun for a felon should be 10 years each offense. Yet the DAs plead these cases and then complain about gins being the problem. Enforce the laws on the books and gun crime will go down. We don't need anymore laws that A)won't be enforced and B) won't affect crime rates.

Veronica Snowten

she will be back out in no time because the time that she spend in county jail will go toward her time time serve she will b home within two years.

Dina Maresco

sentencing needs to be a bit more harsh. Criminal abuse of guns need to be addressed. Ridiculous. Isnt gang activity federal charges? Did someone get murdered with any of those guns? 6 yrs. smh What is our justice system hoping for? The already incarcerated to fix the problem? Tied to the Bloods, enemy to the Crypts?Reform People!


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