By Gangsters Inc. Editors
Three bosses of the Gangster Disciples national criminal organization were convicted in federal court Tuesday of racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, drug trafficking conspiracy, and other crimes. This case is the latest of a series of trials and pleas for members and leaders of the Gangster Disciples.
“The Gangster Disciples are extremely organized and their reach is wide-spread across the United States,” U.S. Attorney Byung Pak told the press. “Their strict chain of command that carried their message of violence and crime throughout the organization posed a serious threat nationwide. They lured young people into the gang with the promise of a better life, and then inducted them into an appalling world of violence and crime.”
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“Drug trafficking, thefts, violent assaults and murders are all crimes that the Gangster Disciples commit every day to protect their turf, increase their territory, control and recruit members and terrorize rival gangs. They are merciless and have wreaked havoc in our neighborhoods for far too long,” said Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office.
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court: The Gangster Disciples are a national gang with roots in Chicago dating back to the 1970’s. The gang is highly structured, with a hierarchy of leadership posts known as “Positions of Authority” or “POAs.” The gang strictly enforces rules for its members, the most important of which is “silence and secrecy” – a prohibition on cooperating with law enforcement. Violations of the rule are punishable by death.
42-year-old Lewis Mobley, 43-year-old Vertuies Wall, and 30-year-old Lawrence Grice were in a position of power in the Gangster Disciples, prosecutors claimed. The evidence showed that the three men and their fellow gang members used the gang’s structure to carry out violent and serious crimes, including murder, attempted murder, robbery, bank and wire fraud, drug trafficking, and extortion.
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The evidence also showed that each of the trial defendants held a position of authority within the gang’s structure. Mobley held a position in the gang’s security/enforcement arm, and exercised leadership over the enforcement team known as “HATE Committee,” that was responsible for committing murders, shootings, and other violence. Wall was the “First C,” or local leader, for the Macon area Gangster Disciples. Gang member Lawrence Grice also held a leadership position over Gangster Disciples in parts of Texas including the city of Houston.
Murder, murder, murder
One such murder was a deadly shooting at a nightclub in Macon, Georgia. Three people were killed and another three were wounded after gang member Wall and his subordinates started a gunfight with rivals.
On another occasion, gang member Lewis Mobley shot a teenage victim twice at point-blank range. Mobley believed that the victim had disrespected the gang by walking through a crowd while shouting a slogan and wearing the color associated with a rival gang.
In a third incident, a top Gangster Disciples leader summoned the gang’s National Chief Enforcer to travel across the country to kill a witness. The witness, who was scheduled to testify against a Gangster Disciple on drug charges, was shot dead in her home on the gang’s orders.
To date, 27 defendants have pleaded guilty, five were convicted at a separate trial, and three defendants are presently awaiting trial.
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