New York City gang founder arrested in Brunswick


BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The Glynn County Sheriff's Office said it has arrested the founder of the East Side Bangin Bloods, a New York-based gang, and a second man in a schedule to trade drugs for guns.

Police said Qaaid Reddick and Brandon Conway were arrested while transporting heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine via bus from New York.

The Sheriff's Office, working with the Georgia Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Brunswick Police Department, said the two were trying to establish a firearms trafficking pipeline from Glynn County to New York. Police said any guns the duo would receive would be distributed to other gang members.

Reddick was charged with receipt, possession or transfer of a firearm by a convicted felon or felony first offender; felony trafficking; and felony sale of a scheduled I or II controlled substance and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Conway was charged with felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, sale of a schedule I or II controlled substance, and felony trafficking.

Booking photos of Reddick and Conway were not released.