"These charges identify serious criminal activity alleged against the Bloods in the greater Montgomery area and are typical of gangs throughout the country," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Glenn Anderson.
A federal grand jury returned charges against Reco Mareese Daniels, 30, Courtney Djaris Wilson, 28, Willie George Tallie, 26, Anthony Darrell Tallie, 32, and Damien Michael Pierce, 27, on carjacking, robbery, and firearms charges, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney George Beck. All the men are from Montgomery. The crimes date back to September 2009.
The indictment accuses Daniels, Wilson and Tallie with an attempted carjacking in Prattville and the robbery of the Kwik Shop convenience store on East Boulevard in Montgomery.
Additionally, Daniels, Wilson and Pierce are charged with a carjacking in Pike Road. Wilson was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
All of the men except Pierce have been arraigned and pleaded not guilty. Pierce is awaiting arraignment. All five remain in custody and a trial date has been set for Feb. 6, 2012.
If convicted on all counts, Daniels and Wilson face at least 57 years in prison; Anthony Tallie and Pierce face up to 25 years on the carjacking offenses and at least seven years for the firearms charges.
Willie Tallie faces up to 20 years on the convenience store robbery and at least seven years on the firearms charge.
Beck called the arrests "a big dent in the tip of the iceberg," adding gang violence is a growing problem in the area.
The investigation was spearheaded by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and Montgomery and Prattville police departments.