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October 1, 2014

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Las Vegas gang member pleads guilty to drug, racketeering charges

​A member of the Las Vegas Playboy Bloods street gang pleaded guilty today to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, the Justice Department said.

The trial of Markette Tillman, 31, began Monday and had so far produced evidence of his involvement in the 2004 slaying of a security guard at a public housing complex at Doolittle Avenue and H Street referred to as the "Jets," the department said.

Tillman admitted to helping to kill the security guard after he had asked him and other gang members to leave the property, the department said.

He also admitted to a role in making and distributing drugs.

Tillman is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28. He faces a fine of up to $1 million and up to 20 years in prison for each count.

“We will use federal resources to prosecute street gang members who commit cowardly and horrible crimes in our community,” said Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada.

Tillman is the last of 10 gang members to be convicted in an indictment filed in 2008 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is used to fight organized crime, the department said.

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