16 alleged members of the Gangster Disciples have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to participating in a racketeering enterprise.
All 16 defendants were arrested Wednesday.
“As the indictment alleges, the Gangster Disciples flooded communities throughout the southeast and beyond with large amounts of drugs and ruthlessly used fear, intimidation, and even murder to promote and protect their nationwide criminal enterprise,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton in a press release. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to eliminate the terror gang members inflict upon our communities."
According to the indictment, the defendants committed attempted murders, robberies; assaults, distribution of large quantities of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, gun trafficking, kidnappings, intimidation of witnesses and victims, extortion, obstruction of justice and other offenses.
It was all allegedly done for the furtherance of the Gangster Disciples enterprise and to raise funds for the gang.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Gangster Disciples are a nationwide violent criminal organization. The gang reportedly operates in 35 states, including Tennessee.
“The FBI is constantly working in Memphis, in Tennessee, around the country, and globally, along with our federal, state, and local partners, to mitigate the threat of violent gangs,” Acting Special Agent in Charge Gerry Cocuzzo said in a press release.
The following defendants have been indicted on RICO conspiracy charges in West Tennessee. They have also been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilos of cocaine; 280 grams of cocaine base; and 1,000 kilos of marijuana:
• Byron Montrail Purdy, a/k/a “Lil B” or “Ghetto,” 37, of Jackson, Tennessee. Purdy held the rank of Governor of Tennessee.
• Derrick Kennedy Crumpton, a/k/a “38,” 32, of Memphis, Tennessee. Crumpton held the rank of Assistant Governor of Tennessee.
• Demarcus Deon Crawford a/k/a “Trip,” 32, of Jackson, Tennessee. Crawford held the rank of Chief of Security of Tennessee.
• Henry Curtis Cooper, a/k/a “Big Hen,” 36, of Memphis, Tennessee. Cooper held the rank of Chief Enforcer for Tennessee.
• Rico Terrell Hassis, a/k/a “Big Brim,” 43, of Memphis, Tennessee. Hassis held the rank of Enforcer of Memphis.
• Shamar Anthony James, a/k/a “Lionheart,” 37, of Memphis, Tennessee. Jamesheld the rank of Governor of a region in Memphis.
• Demario Demont Sprouse, a/k/a “Taco,” 35, of Memphis, Tennessee. Sprouseheld the rank of Chief of Security of a region in Memphis.
• Robert Elliott Jones, a/k/a “Lil Rob” or “Mac Rob,” 36, of Memphis, Tennessee. Jones held the rank of Governor of a region in Memphis.
• Denton Suggs, a/k/a “Denny Mo” or “Diddy Mo,”40, of Memphis, Tennessee. Suggs held the rank of Chief of Security in a section of Memphis.
• Santiago Megale Shaw, a/k/a “Mac-T,” 23, of Jackson, Tennessee. Shaw was a member of the Security Team or Blackout Squad in Jackson.
• Tommy Earl Champion, Jr., a/k/a “Duct Tape,” 27, of Jackson, Tennessee. Champion held the rank of Chief of Security of Jackson.
• Cory DeWayne Bowers, a/k/a “Bear Wayne,” 32, of Jackson, was associated with the Gangster Disciples and acted as a member of the Security Team in Jackson.
• Gerald Eugene Hampton, a/k/a “G30,” 30, of Jackson, Tennessee. Hampton was a member of the Security Team or Blackout Squad in Jackson.
• Daniel Lee Cole, a/k/a “D-Money,” 37, of Jackson, Tennessee. Cole acted as Assistant Governor and Assistant Education Coordinator for the Gangster Disciples in Jackson.
• Tommy Lee Wilkins (Holloway), a/k/a “Tommy Gunz,” 28, of Memphis, Tennessee. Wilkins was a member of the Security Team in Memphis.
The U.S. Dept. of Justice said four of the defendants — Crawford, Shaw, Champion, and Bowers — are charged with seven counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering. They are also charged with seven counts of using a firearm during the commission of those offenses.
Dozens of alleged Gangster Disciples members have also been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, on a separate indictment.
This case is being investigated by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, which is comprised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
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