Gang’s jail time increases

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 01:30 PM

Mercedes Christmas-McKinnie is the latest connection to a Henderson gang to receive sentencing for drug charges.

Christmas-McKinnie appeared Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh before Judge James Dever III. She is charged in the trafficking of 100 grams or more of heroin.

Dever sentenced the 27-year-old to four years in federal prison, allowing a 24-month penalty to run concurrently with a 48-month term.

Christmas-McKinnie must serve a three-year supervised release when done with federal prison, and Dever added recommendations for her to attend intensive substance abuse and mental health treatments.

Christmas-McKinnie is linked to the Money Gang Mob, “a violent criminal organization” according to Lt. Alan Hedgepeth of the Henderson police. About two dozen people with the group have been arrested in the last two years. At least a half dozen have already been sentenced.

In May 2011, Christmas-McKinnie was arrested along with another affiliates of MGM, Quatrail Pair.

Pair was named in the federal indictment. A year later, he was charged in the Dec. 11, 2012, shooting death of a Northern Vance High School teenager. He is facing a first-degree murder charge in that case.

Christmas-McKinnie, Pair and Kearney were all arrested on May 5, 2011, in two separate traffic stops shortly after 1 p.m. McKinnie and Pair were in a vehicle leaving Wickford Apartments, where police had responded to a call about a suspect with a gun.

Police located a large amount of heroin and two firearms in the vehicle with Christmas-McKinnie and Pair. The heroin, 840 bindles, had an estimated street value of $8,400.

Christmas-McKinnie will be sent to the federal correctional institution in Alderson, W. Va.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.