Local gang members sentenced to prison


RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that in federal court on Wednesday Shawn Schenck of Clarkton was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard to 276 months after having pled guilty to continuing criminal enterprise, in violation of Title 21, United States Code Section 848.

Schenck was subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for his crimes.

Schenck was the leader of the PIRU MOB gang operating within Columbus and Bladen counties. He was charged along with seven other co-defendnats, who also pled guilty and were sentenced by Judge Howard.

Anthony Jerome McLean pled guilty to continuing criminal enterprise and was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison; James Calvin Quinn, Orlando Rashaud Childress and Haskell Turer Williams all pled guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and were sententeced to terms of imprisonment of 84 months each; Malcolm Harvey pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 62 months; Harry Lane Hardie Jr. pled guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 60 months; and Corey Scott Alford pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 46 months imprisonment in federal prison.

The PIRU MOB, a set of the United Blood Nation operating in Columbus and Bladen counties, had a large distribution operation, supplying heroin, cocaine, and and prescription opioids in the Clarkton area. This drug distribution was often accompanied by violent shootings and retaliatory acts against rival gang members. Schenck and McLean both ordered multiple hits on individuals who affected their drug distribution operation. These orders resulted in the shooting of at least one individual and the attempted shooting of several others. Gang members were initially arrested after making a drug run to Kannapolis when investigators learned that they were bringing back a gang enforcer to finish a hit on a local rival.

“This type of gang violence is intolerable,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce. “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to dismantling drug trafficking organizations such as this one, and ensuring that their members cannot perpetrate violent acts that jeopardize the safety of our communities.”

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the United States Attorney’s Office.

“This is a perfect example of when multiple agenies work together to combat the gang and drug problems in our two counties. I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office,” stated Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

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