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Jury Convicts Ninth Playboy Bloods Gang Member

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LAS VEGAS -- A 30-year-old man on Monday became the ninth member of the Playboy Bloods street gang in Las Vegas to be convicted of racketeering and conspiracy charges, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

Jacorey "Mo-B" Taylor, 30, was convicted of a racketeering conspiracy charge, murder in aid of the racketeering enterprise, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. His crimes included the retaliation murder of a man in November 2004, according to the prosecution.

Another defendant, Markette Tillman, 31, is scheduled for trial on Sept. 23.

According to court documents and evidence produced at trial, the Bloods are a nationally known criminal street gang whose members engage in drug trafficking and acts of violence. The Playboy Bloods are affiliated with the Bloods, Other Bloods affiliates within the Las Vegas metropolitan area include the Piru Bloods and West Coast Bloods. A subset of the Playboy Bloods is Full Throttle Clique, whose members engage in acts of violence, including murder.

According to evidence presented at trial, Taylor and co-defendants Reginald "Bowlie" Dunlap, 30, and Steven "Stevie-P" Booth, 27, belonged to the Full Throttle Clique. Taylor, along with other Playboy Bloods, operated drug houses in the Sherman Gardens Annex and surrounding areas.

Taylor, along with Dunlap and Booth, was convicted of participating in the Nov. 1, 2004, murder of Billy Ray Thomas. The vicitm was shot multiple times in the back as he worked on a car in the parking lot of the Pecos Terrace Apartments at 3555 E. Lake Mead Blvd. while waiting to take his girlfriend to work. The defendants were accused of murdering Thomas in retaliation, mistakenly believing him to be a member of a rival street gang.

According to evidence presented at trial, two car loads of Playboy Bloods members and associates, including Taylor, Dunlap and Booth, drove through known Crip neighborhoods searching for rivals to retaliate against for the murder of Quaza Burns, a leader of the Playboy Bloods. Thomas had no gang affiliation.

Booth also admitted to participating in the murder on Jan. 20, 2004, of Brian Wilcox, a security guard working in the Sherman Gardens Annex. Wilcox was shot several times in the back while on duty.

Evidence produced at trial also showed that on March 21, 2002, when Taylor was armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle, he and another armed man robbed the Klondike Casino in Henderson of more than $7,000.

"A federal jury today confirmed that Jacorey Taylor and other members of the Playboy Bloods sold drugs, committed robberies, intimidated security guards and other citizens and murdered innocent victims," Bogden said. "It was only through the persistent hard work of the FBI and our local law enforcement partners, along with dedicated federal prosecutors from my office and the Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Gang Section, that a previously unsolved murder was prosecuted and those gang members were brought to justice.

"The Sherman Gardens and the surrounding neighborhoods in Las Vegas are safer because of those efforts."

Taylor has been in federal custody since 2008, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 8 by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jones. Taylor faces up to 20 years on the racketeering conspiracy count, mandatory life in prison on the murder in aid of racketeering charge, up to life for using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, 20 years to life on the conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and up to 30 years in prison for each count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

In the federal system, there is no parole and by statute Taylor faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole for his murder conviction.

The eight other defendants who have been convicted and sentenced are:

Booth, who pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on April 10;

Dunlap, who pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on April 9;

Demichael "Mikey" Burks, 29, who pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and was sentenced to 6½ years in prison on Dec. 3, 2010;

Anthony "Akim Slim" Mabry, 43, who pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Oct. 20, 2010;

Delvin "D-Luv" Ward, 37, who pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Sept. 17, 2010; 

Terrence "Seven" Thomas, 40, who pleaded to drug conspiracy and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 16, 2010;

Sebastian "Rock" Wigg, 36, who pleaded to drug conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison on March 29, 2010; and

Fred "June P" Nix, 36, who pleaded to drug conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison on March 29, 2010.

The cases were investigated by the FBI's Las Vegas Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which include officers from the North Las Vegas Police Department and Metro Police. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas Dickinson and Phillip Smith, Jr., and by trial attorney Kevin Rosenberg with the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Gang Section.

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