Several accused gang members are expected to appear in federal court in downtown Atlanta Monday.
As CBS46 News reported last week, federal prosecutors indicted 32 suspected members of the Gangster Disciples gang. Among them, former DeKalb County police officer Vancito Gumbs.
Investigators say Gumbs served as a hit man for the notorious gang, all while serving as a police officer. Gumbs resigned in October, while he was being investigated for using illegal drugs.
According to the indictment, the alleged gang members engaged in multiple acts of murder, robbery, extortion, and drug trafficking, as well as wire fraud and financial institution fraud.
United States Attorney John A. Horn said gang members may also have been involved in extortion of a rap artist, identified by XXL Magazine as possibly being Rick Ross.
The alleged gang members named in the indictment were involved in criminal activity across half of the country, Horn said. Agents arrested gang members in eight states, he said.
The indictment alleges that Gangster Disciples members committed 10 homicides, 12 attempted homicides, two robberies, the extortion of rap artists to force the artists to become affiliated with the Gangster Disciples, and fraud resulting in losses of more than $450,000. In addition, the Gangster Disciples trafficked in large amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, illegal prescription drugs, and marijuana, agents said. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of 34 firearms seized as part of the investigation.
Horn said the gang is highly organized and even has a national chairman, a board and board members.
To enforce discipline among Gangster Disciples and adherence to the strict rules and structure, members and associates were routinely fined, beaten, and even killed, for failing to follow rules, Horn said.
Here is a list of detention hearing scheduled for suspects involved in the case:
Monday, May 9 hearings: Alonzo Walton, 47, of Atlanta, Georgia, held at different relevant times the positions of governor and governor of governors, the latter position controlling Georgia, Florida, Texas, Indiana, and South Carolina. Antonio Ahmad, 33, of Atlanta, Georgia, was the chief of security for the state of Georgia. Carlton King, JR., 25, of Cochran, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Vancito Gumbs, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples while at the same time serving as a police officer with the DeKalb County Police Department. Jeremiah Covington, 32, of Valdosta, Georgia, was a first coordinator for the Valdosta region. Thomas Pasby, 42, of Cochran, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Kevin Clayton, 43, of Decatur, Georgia, was the chief enforcer for the State of Georgia. Terrence Summers, 45, of Birmingham, Alabama, held at different relevant times the positions of governor of Alabama and governor of governors for Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. Quiana Franklin, 33, of Birmingham, Alabama, served as treasurer for the state of Alabama. Michael Drummound, 49, of Marietta, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples.Tuesday, May 10 hearings: Markell White, 43, of Atlanta, Georgia, was a regional leader in Macon. Eric Manney, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples and stored multiple guns at his house. Curtis Thomas, 45, of Cochran, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Not scheduled: Shauntay Craig, 37, of Birmingham, Alabama, held the rank of Gangster Disciples “Board Member”. Mangwiro Sadiki-Yisrael, 43, of Marietta, Georgia, held at different relevant times the positions of a first coordinator, assistant governor of Georgia, and governor of Georgia. Donald Glass, 26, of Decatur, Georgia, served as a first coordinator of the eastside group of the Gangster Disciples. Lewis Mobely, 38, of Atlanta, Georgia, was an enforcer. Vertious Wall, 40, of Marietta, Georgia, was a first coordinator for the Macon Gangster Disciples group. Adrian Jackson, 37, of San Jose, California, was the national treasurer for the Gangster Disciples. Ronald McMorris, 34, of Atlanta, Georgia, was first coordinator of the Atlanta group. Perry Green, 29, of Decatur, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples and acted as enforcer of a Gangster Disciples group. Dereck Taylor, 29, of Macon, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples and acted as security for a Macon group. Alvis O’Neal, 37, of Denver, Colorado, was a senior member of and drug trafficker for the Gangster Disciples. Frederick Johnson, 37, of Marietta, Georgia, was a chief enforcer for a Gangster Disciples group. Charles Wingate, 25, of Conyers, Georgia, was chief of security for a Covington, Georgia, group. Denise Carter, 41, of Detroit, Michigan, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Arrie Freeney, 32, of Detroit, Michigan, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Myrick Stevens, 26, of Madison, Wisconsin, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Yohori Epps, 36, of Marietta, Georgia, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Read the full indictment
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