7 ‘violent criminals’ associated with Freemoney gang in SE Houston arrested, charged: DOJ

HOUSTON – US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery joined leaders from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies Monday to announce recent arrests targeting violent crime in the Houston area.

Lowery announced the arrests of seven “violent criminals” who are believed to be associated or members of the Freemoney gang, operating in southeast Houston, specifically in the South Park neighborhood.

The following suspects were arrested Friday: Travonte Ardoin, 25, Jcoi Naquon Barley, 23, Maurkael Brown, 27, Terrell Treyvon Davis, 25, Emery Jermaine Goodley, 23, and Jymonte McClendon, 24, all of Houston, and Terry Ardoin, 21 , Richmond.

She said they are suspected of committing a number of violent acts in and around the Houston area community. They will face a number of federal penalties, such as commit interference with commerce by robbery, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and carrying a weapon in relation to a drug trafficking offense. Three of the seven suspects were also charged with possession of machine gun in relation to drug trafficking.

Lowery noted that law enforcement agencies recovered various firearms during the arrests.

“They were planning to use in these robberies, including three with the automatic switches, in what we refer to as Glock switches that make semi automatic firearm a fully automatic firearm,” she said.

According to a release, on Aug. 14, the seven men planned to participate in a robbery at a residence of a known drug dealer who often advertised his marijuana on an open Instagram page. Brown had allegedly confirmed with Barley they had people to help commit the robbery. The charges also allege Terry and Barley discussed recruiting or needing more people who could “hit licks, kill and do everything they needed to do.” Law enforcement was able to intercede and prevent the robbery from occurring.

The FBI and Houston Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant US Attorney Lisa Collins is prosecuting the case.

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