June 6, 2014

Irmo man involved with gang sentenced to life in prison

The 43-year-old is one of 39 Bloods members and associates arrested in 2012.

A 43-year-old Irmo man was sentenced Friday for a variety of gang-related charges as part of a multi-year investigation.

Calvin James Hall was sentenced in federal court in Columbia, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. gave Hall a sentence of life in prison. Its severity was in part because of two prior felony drug convictions, according to the release.

In July 2013, a federal jury convicted Hall of being a member or associate of the Bloods Street gang as part of a conspiracy to commit racketeering that included drug trafficking, sex trade, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. He was also convicted of six related federal charges, including conspiracy to traffic crack cocaine, use of a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, attempted armed robbery of a drug dealer, and related charges.

Hall was one of 39 members and associates of the Bloods street gang that were indicted and arrested in the summer and fall of 2012.

"Organized violent criminals who exploit our communities to fund their criminal enterprises are a focus of our Violent Crime and Narcotics Division," Nettles said in the release. "The work of the prosecutors, agents and good citizens that made this case is remarkable and will have a tangible impact on the quality of life in our neighborhoods."


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