- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Federal indictments against 48 alleged members of the Gangster Disciples were unsealed by prosecutors Wednesday, charging Atlanta and Memphis-area gang members with crimes ranging from murder and racketeering to drug trafficking and insurance fraud.

Among those arrested as part of the gang crackdown were top leaders of the group, who gave orders to kill rival gang members, and a Georgia police officer who provided gang members with intelligence about police operations, according to the criminal indictment.

The Gangster Disciples gang, which was founded in Chicago in the 1970s, is active in more than 24 states and operates with a highly organized structure that included “board member” positions that oversaw geographic regions, according to prosecutors.

The federal indictments, which name 32 people in Atlanta, Georgia and 16 others in Memphis, Tennessee, implicate gang members in at least nine murders and approximately two dozen shootings.

One deadly 2014 encounter inside the Macon, Georgia Wings Cafe touched off after someone flicked a cigar at a rival gang member, according to The Telegraph. During the melee that ensued three people were fatally shot.

The indictment also accuses members of selling a slew of drugs, including heroin, prescription pain pills, marijuana and crack.

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The gang also appears to have had help evading police. Vancito Gumbs, who worked as a police officer in DeKalb County, Georgia is accused of providing information about police activities to gang members so they could avoid detection, according to the indictment. He also admitted to killing people as a hit man for the gang, the indictment states.

Among the high-ranking leaders named in the indictment are “board member” Shauntay Craig, of Birmingham, Alabama; Alonzo Walton and Terrence Summers who both at various points controlled activities in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Indiana and South Carolina; and Adrian Jackson, of San Jose, California, who served as the national treasurer for the gang.

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