Investigation into ’59 Brims’ Blood gang activity in Gwinnett nets large-scale arrests

(Gwinnett County, Georgia)  An investigation by Gwinnett County authorities into “59 Brims” Blood gang activity has resulted in large-scale arrests with more arrests expected, according to a press release from the Gwinnett County Police Department.

GCPD said the investigation into the “59 Brims” Blood street gang by the Gwinnett Gang Task Force began in January 2019. The Task Force is comprised of detectives and uniformed officers from the Gwinnett County Police Department as well as deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. The “59 Brim” Blood set began in the Ocean View Hills neighborhood in San Diego. It has been documented as being active in Gwinnett County and the metro area for over 10 years allegedly engaging in a criminal enterprise consisting of pimping, prostitution, robbery, assaults, illegal gun sales, trafficking heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and murder.

GCPD said the investigation ultimately led to information identifying Wonnawon Wonzon, 29, as the Atlanta leader of the “59 Brims” and other members of the gang’s leadership. Marlin Smith, 34, (a.k.a “Bandana”) was identified through evidence and self-admission as the leader of the “59 Brims” in North Carolina and Virginia. Smith was arrested as a result of this investigation.

In July of 2019, the Gang Task Force identified, Wonnawon Wonzon and four others as main targets of this investigation, Sceon Skeffers, 29, Robert Lo, 28, Anthony Savage, 23 and Devery Dees,24. GCPD said all five of the main targets are validated “59 Brim” Blood criminal street gang members.  The investigation led to the identification and/or arrest of several other gang members, the seizure of 72.4 grams of fentanyl, 139 grams of heroin, 57.6 grams of cocaine, 44.6 grams of MDMA, 2,447 grams of meth, and the recovery of 18 firearms (4 stolen).

Additional individuals also were arrested and identified as alleged associates or members of the “59 Brims.” These include Keion King, 24, Brianne Froeliger, 19, Isaiah Lo, 23,, Diamonique Dunning, 24, Fred Yarweh, 25, Melia Bennett, 25, Yei Yearney, 33, Renaldo Lawrence, 38, Shunay Rawls, 31, Gwendolyn Francies, 60, and Timorthy Thomas, 27.  This investigation continues and other arrests are expected.

“We will combat criminal street gang activity through aggressive enforcement of Georgia laws,” said Major Cleo Atwater, the commander of the Special Investigations Section. “We aim to educate the public about the dangers of joining and participating in criminal street gang activity.”

Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers thankjed the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, the Lawrenceville Police Department, and the FBI for their continued support in this investigation in addressing criminal street gang activity in Gwinnett County.



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