Blood pleads guilty

Published 11:03 pm Thursday, July 28, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Norfolk on Thursday extended a long series of wins against members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods gang with yet another guilty plea stemming from a long investigation by area law enforcement agencies.

Darren Antoine Pollard, 35, of Portsmouth, pled guilty in federal court to participating in a pattern of racketeering activity, including a home invasion robbery and conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Pollard and others members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods/Nine Tech Gangsters attended a party at the home of an acquaintance in Portsmouth in the summer of 2006, left the gathering and then returned brandishing firearms and demanding money.

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One of the gang members pointed a gun at a female resident of the home and tore a gold chain from her neck. Pollard and others then went through the pockets of other residents before fleeing the scene, according to court documents, which stated that he also was involved in distributing drugs for the gang.

Pollard will be sentenced Nov. 9. He could face life in prison for his crimes.

For more than a year, U.S. attorneys have been prosecuting and convicting members of the two gangs from Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesapeake. The arrests were the result of a wide-ranging investigation that involved the FBI, Virginia State Police and police departments in all three jurisdictions.