Portsmouth men indicted in racketeering conspiracy involving murder

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Two Portsmouth men who were allegedly members of a gang affiliated with the United Blood Nation have been arrested for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy that included a murder.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office cited a federal grand jury indictment in a news release Thursday that charges 31-year-old Rashaun Taylor, aka “Diablo”, and 28-year-old Timothy Sawyer-House, aka “Trouble”, in connection to the murder of 23-year-old Delante Eley.

According to the 13-count indictment, Sawyer-House and Taylor were members of a Portsmouth-based “set” of the Nine Trey Gangsters.

The two men allegedly followed Eley to his home on March 11, 2014, where they shot and killed him. The fatal shooting came after a series following a series of alleged incidents between Eley and members of the gang.

The news release said Sawyer-House, Taylor and others tried to rob a drug dealer of cash, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana two days later while they were armed with high-powered, semi-automatic rifles made in Romania.

Sawyer-House and Taylor are also accused of selling heroin and fentanyl, according to the release.

They are both charged with racketeering conspiracy, attempted robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

Taylor is also charged with murder in aid of racketeering and use of a firearm resulting in death. If convicted of murder, he could face the death penalty or a mandatory life sentence.

Sawyer-House could see between 15 years and life in prison if he is convicted.

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