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A glossary for Raleigh’s Bloods trial — and a glimpse into the life of a gang member

For the last week, prosecutors in a gang-related murder trial frequently have had to stop their witnesses —many of them longtime gang members — and ask them to translate their testimony into everyday English.

Here is a glossary of terms and a glimpse into gang life this trial has portrayed. Many of the alleged crimes being prosecuted in Raleigh took place in 2008 and 2009; some of the terms are dated.

31: The number of seconds that potential Bloods must endure a beating from other gang members as an initiation. Also the amount of money that must be paid each week as dues into a “community rent box.”

C: To the Bloods, this is a highly offensive letter of the alphabet because it’s the first letter of the name of their rival gang, the Crips. Bloods will “slash” it out of names and substitute it with a B. For instance, Corey becomes Borey.

General: A high-ranking to mid-level gang member.

Eat or Eaten: To violently punish a gang member who violates the code.

Loud: A slang term for marijuana, more broadly used to describe a highly potent strain.

OG: Original Gangster, the highest rank of Black Mob Gangstas operating in Raleigh during the time the current federal trial covers.

Ray Ray: A code word Raleigh’s Black Mob Gangstas used for murder.

Scoobies: Young and low-ranking gang members, also known as “little homies” or “foot soldiers.”

Talk to the Toilet: Refer to inmates using toilets —drained of water — to talk with each other through the plumbing.

Trap House: Storage facility for drugs and guns.

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Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.
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