Members of Down Below Gang sentenced
for drug conspiracy
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
March 8, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Three members of a violent San
Francisco street gang were sentenced in federal court Wednesday
to prison terms of up to six years and five months for conspiring
to possess and sell illegal drugs.
The three men are among eight members of the Down Below Gang
who pleaded guilty to various charges in the court of U.S. District
Judge William Alsup in San Francisco in December.
Federal prosecutors have said the gang operated in the Sunnydale
housing project in the Visitacion Valley district of the city.
It sold cocaine base and used violence and intimidation to enforce
control over its territory, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Several other defendants who have yet to be sentenced pleaded
guilty to a racketeering charge and admitted to committing a total
of three murders in 2004.
Those sentenced by Alsup had pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring
to possess drugs with the intent to sell them.
Alsup sentenced Christopher Byes, 26, to six years and five months
in prison; Ronnie Calloway, 26, to five years and 10 months; and
Allen Calloway, 24, to one year and 9 months.
The three men are already in custody and will begin serving their
sentences immediately, according to U.S. attorney's office spokesman
The five other defendants will be sentenced by Alsup on various
dates between March 13 and April 11. The four who pleaded guilty
to racketeering agreed to sentences ranging from 15 to 23 years
The federal investigation and prosecution were carried out in
collaboration with the San Francisco police department, sheriff's
department and district attorney's office.
When the guilty pleas were entered in December, Police Chief
Heather Fong said, "A violent criminal street gang has been
removed from the streets of San Francisco."
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