Alabama federal inmate charged in Sex Money Murder prison gang indictments

An inmate at a federal prison in Alabama is among 23 people alleged to be members of the violent Sex Money Murder (SMM) gang operating inside and outside of prisons and jails across the country.

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced a 12-count indictment in the Northern District of Georgia charging the defendants with numerous crimes including racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and gun violations. Sean Carr, 51, is among the defendants. He is incarcerated at the federal prison in Talladega.

Carr, aka Nut and Nutkase, is charged with RICO conspiracy and conspiring to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. According to court documents, SMM is a subset of The Bloods gang, which originated in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The SMM subset has spread from the Bronx and New York to areas across the East Coast, including Georgia, where it operates inside and outside prisons and jails.

The indictment states that that when SMM was predominantly active in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Carr rose to prominence in the gang. Carr is already serving 40-year sentence on a Rico conviction out of New York for SMM-related charges from two decades ago.

The indictment alleges an extensive criminal enterprise in which SMM members, including inmates within the Georgia Department of Corrections, orchestrated numerous crimes, including murders, attempted murders, attempted arson, drug trafficking within and outside of GDOC facilities, and wire and bank fraud.

Federal authorities say 11 of the defendants were in prison when they allegedly committed or ordered the charged crimes.

SMM members, according to the indictment, committed multiple acts of violence in furtherance of the racketeering conspiracy, including storming a home and shooting multiple rounds of ammunition into a bathroom, killing a 9-month-old boy; on multiple occasions, incarcerated SMM members murdering, stabbing, or beating other inmates for disrespecting SMM leadership or violating SMM rules; and shooting and killing another SMM member on belief that the member had cooperated with law enforcement.

“The defendants and their criminal associates are alleged to have committed murder, engaged in stabbings and attempted murder, and distributed thousands of dollars’ worth of illicit drugs inside and outside the Georgia prison system, all to enhance the power and prestige of their gang, the Sex Money Murder set of The Bloods,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

For more than a decade, the gang members and their associates allegedly orchestrated a criminal enterprise within and outside of multiple prisons to earn money for, boost their status in, and impose discipline required by the gang, authorities said.

“Gang activity poses a grave risk of harm to our communities as well as to many of our institutions,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan for the Northern District of Georgia. “The defendants charged in this case allegedly perpetrated numerous violent and other criminal offenses, including multiple murders, brutal assaults, and drug trafficking crimes, on behalf of the gang Sex Money Murder.”

“It’s alarming to think that these criminals were brazen enough to distribute dangerous drugs and commit heinous crimes while behind bars,” said DEA Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Robert J. “They must now face the consequences.”

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