United Blood Nation
|Founders||Omar Portee and Leonard McKenzie|
|Founding location||Rikers Island, New York City|
|Territory||mostly New York City with some activity on the East Coast and areas of the Mid Atlantic and Southeast US|
|Ethnicity||mostly African-American with some Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian sets|
|Membership||approximately 7,000 (as of 2005)|
|Criminal activities||Drug distribution and sales|
United Blood Nation, also known as the East Coast Bloods, is a organized gang, active primarily in the New York metropolitan area. Their main source of income is the trafficking and sale of illegal drugs.
As of 2005, membership was estimated at 7,000 nationwide, with 5,000 of those in the New York City area. In 2017 the head of the United Blood Nation was alleged by federal prosecutors to be Pedro Gutierrez, who allegedly directed the UBN despite being imprisoned in New York State while serving a murder sentence.
In 1993, Bloods gang leaders Omar Portee and Leonard Mackenzie incarcerated at Rikers Island, New York, decided to unify their factions as the "United Blood Nation" to protect members from the dominant Ñetas and Latin Kings gangs.
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