Jury Convicts Portland Gang Affiliate of Illegal Firearm Possession

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PORTLAND, Ore.—On December 10, 2021, a federal jury found a known Portland gang affiliate guilty for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Kneko Tyray Moore, 33, a resident of Portland and an affiliate of the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang, was found guilty of one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, on the evening of April 17, 2020, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) received numerous calls from neighbors about an unruly gathering at the Lone Fir Cemetery in Southeast Portland. Callers reported that approximately 20 people were having a barbeque and playing loud music. The gathering occurred during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in direct violation of the governor’s stay-home order.

An undercover officer reported seeing known members or associates of the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang, including Moore, at the gathering. Six of the gathering attendees, also including Moore, were on state or federal supervision following felony weapons convictions. When marked police cars arrived on scene, Moore quickly left the group and walked toward a black sedan. Moore entered the vehicle and sped away, nearly hitting a tree and an unmarked police vehicle.

Two officers then assigned to PPB’s Gun Violence Reduction Team followed Moore as he left the cemetery and pulled him over after he almost struck another car. Both officers recognized Moore as a Rollin’ 60s affiliate and convicted felon and reported he was visibly nervous and trembling. Moore became agitated when the officers impounded his vehicle and was placed under arrest for interfering with an officer. When officers searched Moore’s vehicle, they found a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a chambered round on the front passenger floorboard.

On October 6, 2020, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a one-count indictment charging Moore with illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Moore faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release. He will be sentenced on April 11, 2022 before U.S. District Court Judge Karin J. Immergut. Moore, who was on supervised release in a prior federal firearm case, is also facing violation proceedings.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by PPB and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Gary Sussman, Jaclyn Jenkins, and Leah Bolstad, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.