12 alleged gang members charged with 8th Ward drug sales, murders

A dozen men have been charged in a 20-count federal indictment alleging their involvement with Ride or Die, a gang authorities believe is responsible for drug trafficking in New Orleans’ 8th Ward that was supported by various forms of violence, including murder.

Deloyd “Puggy” Jones, 21; Byron “Big Baby” Jones, 23; Sidney “Duda Man” Patterson, 22; Ervin “Nerky” Spooner, 25; Romalis “Ro Ro” Parker, 20; Nyson “Nycie” Jones, 29; Tre Clements, 22; Andrealie “Noot” Lewis, 34; Morris Summers, 22; Tyone “Peanut” Burton, 20; Tyron “Man Man” Burton, 19; and Perry “Yummy” Wilson, 22, were charged in the racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday.

It was the most recent in a series of multiple-defendant indictments resulting from investigations by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, led by the New Orleans Police Department.

Some of those charges have been handed up by federal grand juries, while others have been brought by state grand juries.

Other targeted gangs have included the 110ers, 3-N-G and The Taliban.

The area where Ride or Die operated is generally bordered by North Miro Street, St. Claude Avenue, Elysian Fields Avenue and Franklin Avenue, according to court documents.

The dozen defendants allegedly conspired to sell crack cocaine beginning about 2008 and possessed firearms to commit violent crimes and traffic drugs since 2007.

Deloyd Jones is accused of being the leader of the gang, distributing drugs and being a gunman for the group.

Byron Jones and Patterson acted as distributors and gunmen for Ride or Die, according to the indictment.

Deloyd Jones is accused of murdering Rodney Coleman on Nov. 9, 2010, and Devin Hutton on Jan. 17, 2011. He and Patterson allegedly murdered Corey Blue on Jan. 18, 2011.

Prosecutors allege Byron Jones and Patterson murdered Travis Arnold on Feb. 24, 2010.

In addition to the murder charges, Deloyd Jones also is charged with Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking; three counts of causing death through the use of a firearm; assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; and two counts of use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking.

Byron Jones, in addition to his murder charges, also was charged with RICO conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses; causing death through the use of a firearm; two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; and two counts of use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking.

Patterson, in addition to murder, also was charged with RICO conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses; assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense; and causing death through the use of a firearm.

Spooner was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses; and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Parker, Nyson Jones, Clements, Lewis, Summers, Tyone Burton, Tyron Burton and Wilson are all charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin and marijuana; and conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses.

Deloyd Jones, Byron Jones and Patterson each face a maximum term of life in prison or the death penalty for their alleged crimes.

The other nine men each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.