A member of a notorious gang in New Jersey will be spending the next 12 years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy.

Federal authorities say 22-year-old Tre Byrd, also known as "Bands" and "G Bandz," previously pleaded guilty to an indictment that charged him with racketeer-influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) conspiracy.

On Wednesday in Newark federal court, Byrd was sentenced to 144 months behind bars.

Officials say from 2015 through September 2022, Byrd was a member of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips, a criminal enterprise responsible for acts of violence and the distribution of drugs across New Jersey and beyond.

  • In March 2019, Byrd worked with other members and associates of the gang to murder a gang rival, who was fatally shot on March 20th, 2019, in Irvington.
  • On June 20th, 2020, Byrd and at least one other member and associate of the gang robbed a victim at gunpoint in Newark.

In addition to the prison term, Byrd will be under five years of supervised release once he is out of prison.

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U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger thanked the numerous federal law enforcement agencies that worked on this case, including the DEA, the IRS, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the ATF; the New Jersey State Police; and numerous county and local police departments across New Jersey and in North Carolina.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori of the Special Prosecutions Division.

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