Crime and Courts

Gang Members on Trial on Murder and Drug Charges in Northern Virginia

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The inner workings of a violent, drug-running Northern Virginia gang are being revealed in a federal courtroom.

The Reccless Tigers was little known in the D.C. area until more than a dozen members were indicted in 2019.

Brandon White of Fairfax County was allegedly kidnapped and killed by gang members in early 2019.

Video released by police before his body was found showed some of his last hours alive after he was allegedly grabbed by gang members at a local mall, taken to Richmond and shot to death in retaliation because he’d testified against a Reccless Tiger member who beat him up.

“I feel very angry, very upset that they did that to my son,” White’s mother told News4 in 2020.

“I want them to know what they done is not right,” she said.

White is one of two young men who gang members are accused of killing. A George Mason University student was stabbed at a party in 2016 and later died. 

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Four of the gang members are facing trial for operating a drug ring. Three also face murder charges.

Fellow Reccless Tigers, who have already pleaded guilty, testified that the drug sales started when some of them were just 15 years old attending South County High School. They say boxes filled with marijuana were shipped to Fairfax County for distribution.

Gang members took the witness stand and described what the Reccless Tigers called their missions carried out against those who didn’t pay drug debts or who cooperated with police. There were fire bombings, with Molotov cocktails thrown into Northern Virginia homes. There were many beatings, a stabbing, and in one case – after a customer didn’t pay up – they kidnapped his dogs, took him to the woods and killed him, they said.

There was also testimony Thursday about tattoos some of the gang members got after Brandon White’s death – filled-in tear drop tattoos on their cheeks, signifying they had killed someone.

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