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Gang member sentenced to federal prison for gun, drug crimes in East Nashville

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Metro Nashville Police said a Bloods street gang member was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison this week for a series of gun and drug crimes.

According to the MNPD, Maurice Williams, also known as 'Reecy,' was sentenced to federal charges Wednesday in a joint effort by local and federal law enforcement.

Court documents for Williams demonstrate a series of state and federal charges dating back to 2012. He was first convicted on state charges for facilitation of aggravated robbery in 2012.

In 2014, he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Williams was sentenced to prison on these charges and released in March 2016.

In October 2016, Metro Officers arrested Williams near the East Community Center and the Explore! Community School in East Nashville. Police said he ran from them during a traffic stop and dropped a jacket with a loaded Kel-Tec 9mm pistol, cocaine, marijuana and digital scales inside.

While he was out on bond for that arrest, police arrested him again after finding him in the Cayce Homes area with a loaded Ruger pistol in his pants on December 28, 2016.

At the time of his arrest, Metro Police officers were monitoring the area closely because someone sent a Facebook Live video to Mayor Barry showing several young people with firearms near Cayce Homes.

Following that arrest, Williams was again released on bond.

“This is an example of the importance of citizens being engaged in efforts to reduce crime,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith. “Here, a citizen saw a concerning post on social media and reported it. The rapid response and investigation by law enforcement has now resulted in a dangerous criminal being removed from the community for a long period of time.

Police said his federal indictment, based on his charges and criminal history, is a joint effort by local and federal law enforcement to reduce violent crime in public housing complexes.

“Williams’ prior arrests and convictions over the years obviously did not dissuade him from continued criminal activity, which put persons in the Cayce community at risk,” Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said. “I am grateful to the United States Attorney’s Office and the ATF for their valued partnership as we address violent felons who pose a danger to our citizens.”

After his federal indictment in February 2017, Williams was held in federal custody without bond.

"Removing repeat offenders from our communities enhances our ability to combat street gangs and the violence often associated with illegal guns and drugs," Smith said. "I encourage our citizens to continue to assist law enforcement by reporting criminal activity when they become aware of it.”

After a grand jury indicted Williams, he plead guilty to the charges in May.

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