U.S. President, Bill Clinton stated: The Gangster Disciples Were The Most Organized
Hoover, pictured above (born on November 30, 1950 in Jackson Mississippi) was once one of the most powerful gang leaders in the United States. According
to the DEA, the Gangster Disciples, allegedly operated a drug network
throughout the country worth $100 million a year and are described
as one of the largest, and best organized gangs in the history of the United
States. There are allegedly 50,000 members of the Gangster Disciples
in the Chicago area alone. And many more members operate in at least thirty-five
the drugs were shipped to Chicago by the Cali and North Beach cartels of
South America who dealt with distribution cells servicing the gang. The
income from this illegal enterprise was allegedly laundered in the Cayman
Islands or through shell companies and bogus business fronts promoting
growth and development, in the community.
the early 1970's, David Barksdale organized a coalition of street gangs in the
Englewood neighborhood into a unified body, which he called The Black Gangster
Disciple Nation. Barksdale was seriously wounded in an ambush and
died five years later of his injuries.
King Hoover was considered smarter and more resourceful than other gang leaders,
he would eventually take over the leadership role in the gang, which would later
be renamed, the Gangster Disciples.
favored a formalized approach to gang management. His verbal instructions
took on the form of a business memoranda, titled, Blueprint Of The New Concept, just like a corporate C.E.O., or bank president might use to communicate
with subordinates. Hoover also formed a executive board called, The
Brothers Of The Struggle. The pyramid structure that Hoover put
in place is like something you would find in a large corporation. Only
this pyramid, based on the latest, and most innovative theories of Japanese
management was designed by Larry Hoover from inside an Illinois state prison. This structure had many tiers of mid-management.
was enamored with the organizational style of Jeff Fort, when Fort built the
Blackstone Rangers, a Woodlawn gang, into a criminal force to be
reckoned with back in the 1960's. Fort and his sidekick Eugene Bull Hairston organized about 250 neighborhood kids into an efficient army of
shakedown artists and extortionists who terrorized the local business community.
one drug cell was busted by the DEA, Hoover had it set up, where it was virtually
impossible for authorities to trace nearby avenues of the supply because the
local drug movers were not told about the existence of other cells in their
became so powerful, he could demand $200,000 in one day from his gang
and expect to receive it.
the past 25 years, Larry Hoover, has run the gang from Joliet State Prison in
was arrested in the 1983 with six associates on drug conspiracy and extortion
charges. They were found guilty and Hoover received a 200-year sentence.
referred to Hoover as the new Al Capone. Adding, Hoover's enterprise
was of such staggering proportions it was no longer a street gang. It
was the new face of organized crime in a changing world. Their are thugs, assassins
and dope dealers.
and 39 of his henchmen were eventually indicted for running a criminal
enterprise from the Vienna Correctional Center in downtown Illinois. Visitors
unwittingly taped instructions given by Hoover via tiny transmitters secretly
embedded (by authorities) in visitor badges. On the tapes, Hoover revealed
the extent of his control over a multi-million-dollar drug distribution
network run by him in prison. The indictments materialized from these
Disciples, are instructed by Hoover to work and study hard to complete their
G.E.D.'s and learn law principals from law books available in the prison library.
originally formed the Disciples on the south side of Chicago; they still have
a strong presence there and in other Midwest cities. They are allegedly
part of a coalition of gangs which include: The Black Disciples, Maniac
Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, the Simon City Royals and many others.
used by the Gangster Disciples include a six-pointed star (there is no connection
to the Jewish symbol) in remembrance to one of the originators David Barksdale. The gang?s colors are royal blue and black.
their main rivals are the Vice Lords, and Black P. Stones.
envisions the day when he can unite all of the gangs into a vast monolithic
criminal empire, with himself at the throne.
the Gangster Disciples, are still active, up and down the Mississippi River
basin in nine states and they continue to build on a nationwide membership base.
Note: Former Gangster DiscipleHarold Noonie G. Ward is coming to the big screen. The Noonie G. Story, portrays
Ward's ascent into Chicago's entertainment, business and political worlds.
Ward was a former high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples.
He gave up the gangster life to pursue legitimate businesses throughout Chicago.
BLACK MAFIA FAMILY:
trial is pending in the following case against ?The Black Mafia Family.? Individuals
the last several years, billboards sitting high above the Atlanta skyline boldly
announced, The World Is Ours. These messages came to the city via
the self-proclaimed Black Mafia Family, widely known as BMF. A hip-hop empire that had direct links to Mexican based drug trafficking organizations.
syndicate was conceived and managed by brothers Terry and Demetrius Flenory
(pictured above). The brothers took their bold mantra from the popular
gangster movie, Scarface, starring Al Pacino as a Cuban refugee
who rises to the top of the Miami cocaine empire during the 1980's. In
some ways, their lives imitated art, with their million-dollar parties,
fleet of luxury cars and ready access to drugs, weapons, bling and women.
say that in order to make their business dealings look legit, the Flenory's
also managed a rap music label, BMF Entertainment. Investigators add that
BMF Entertainment, had worked because it's run as a family business
that had grown into a profitable, corporation-like enterprise over the past
20 years but underneath it all, the product was-drugs.
BMF members engaged in a lavish lifestyle, members were often seen driving luxury
European sports cars on screen and in music videos. There were also known to
blow upwards to $100,000 in strip clubs in one night and they threw extensive
and enormously expensive industry parties and birthday bashes for their member
in Atlanta, complete with rented displays of exotic animals. They also displayed
the BMF, logo on ice sculptures. BMF, was reported to own at least
one luxury car dealership. Reportedly, the BMF, crew out spent an entire
football team at an upscale gentlemen's club.
investigators claim, BMF, was responsible for one of the largest black
run cocaine distribution conspiracies nationwide. Police say-members used
vehicles with hidden compartments to transport cash from cocaine sales.
to authorities, BMF, was an extensive criminal organization that delved in
the world of hip-hop, music and entertainment. It was founded in the 1980's
in Detroit, Michigan and has since spread nationwide. During a two-year investigation
of the organization, it was revealed that members were known to have operated
in 11 states, including: Michigan, California, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri
and even Sinaloa, Mexico where they worked with the Malverde Mafia.
association of BMF, members and high-level leadership with famous rap stars
began to garner attention. BMF, commanded a high level of respect in the hip-hop
community and there was an unspoken code of respect and fear associated with
the group. During Superbowl weekend and the NBA playoffs, young men tried
to impress girls by saying they were BMF.
October of 2005, authorities broke up the Black Mafia Family, crime ring.
The DEA says the trafficking ring laundered more than $270 million dollars over
15 years of operation. Thirty people were arrested and face charges that include
conspiracy, drug possession with intent to deliver and money laundering. During
the raid, the DEA seized $3 million in cash, assets and weapons as well as 2
kilograms of cocaine. Prior to the raid, 17 members had been arrested and
$11 million in cash and assets had already been seized.
also revealed, the crew bought more than $1 million worth of winning lottery
tickets at inflated prices in an effort to launder the cash through legitimate
means. They would then use the winnings to purchase homes and vehicles, hiding
the fact that the true source of the money was drug sales.
also bought and leased luxury cars and real estate through false names to conceal
the source of their money. The indictment states, the crew used their ties to
rap stars to find luxury car brokers.
said- they will seek forfeiture of 10 homes, 18 vehicles and $1.2 million that
was already confiscated. The homes are located in the Detroit and Los
March 9, 2006, Baby Blue, the younger brother of BMF recording artist
Bleu Da Vinci was shot and killed. He had made the news previously for allegedly
stabbing the nephew of R&B singer Bobby Brown during an altercation.
say the BMF, a drug enterprise, was able to run smoothly, in part because of
the Flenory's connection to Craig Petties (pictured above).
was a major dealer who authorities say moved over a thousand kilos of cocaine
in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Petties is currently a fugitive on the
U.S. Marshal's 15 Most Wanted List.
Petties lived the good life. He had it all. Three homes, 20 cars and millions
of dollars stashed away. Deputies say Petties acquired his wealth from selling
drugs. Petties is very flashy and likes to attend awards shows and Superbowl
weekend draped in bling. He also loves expensive high-end cars, especially Ferraris
add, he is one of the biggest known drug smugglers in Memphis. He is also
known for bringing in 18-wheelers full of drugs across the border into the U.S.
To date, agents have seized more than forty kilograms of cocaine and more than
600 pounds of marijuana. Cops say Petties is also part of a gang called Gangster
is also wanted for questioning in the murder of one of his associates, Antonio
Big Wayne Allen.
is alleged to have contacts in Mexico who may assist him in evading capture.
It is believed that-Petties and his girlfriend, a black female, and their two
children are with him.
after the indictments were handed down for the BMF, organization, member,
Toree Deneal Sims disappeared, avoiding capture. Cops say, Sims was
responsible for distributing 10-20 kilos of cocaine every week in Kentucky. His main suppliers were the Flenory brothers. Investigators say Sims
escaped in a fully loaded BMW convertible.
'Super Dave'Warner, was a kingpin who headed his own 25-soldier organization.
He was another alleged BMF associate, who was wanted for distributing more
than 8,000 kilograms of marijuana and 500 kilograms of cocaine. Warner
lived a life of luxury. He enjoyed collecting custom jewelry, racecars,
motorcycles and Tennessee walking horses. He also attended sporting events. A few short months after Warner was named to the U.S. Marshal's 15
Most Wanted List. Mexican authorities confirmed that Warner was living
in a gated upscale community outside of Mexico City. The cops moved in
and arrested him on July 9, 2005.
Recently, popular hip-hop jeweler, Jacob The Jeweler
Arabov was arrested and charged with money laundering and released
on $100,000 bail. Jacob was also charged with conspiracy to launder
over $270 million for the Black Mafia Family, or BMF. Authorities claim, Jacob also conspired to distribute over 476 kilos of
cocaine for BMF. A spokesman for Jacob claims the arrest is a misunderstanding.
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HOOK PROJECTS CREW:
out of New Jack City a 153-person drug gang was busted for running
their operation out of the 'Red Hook Housing Projects,' in Brooklyn,
New York. They were indicted on conspiracy charges that accuse them of cooperating
as one enormous narcotics trafficker to peddle heroin and cocaine in the Brooklyn
housing projects. Sixty-nine of the people belonged to five closely linked
families. The oldest suspect is a 61-year old woman while the youngest is a
16-year old boy.
a news conference, the Brooklyn district attorney, described what he called
an unusual criminal enterprise. He said the accused divided up drug
territories covering 34 buildings in the Remeeder, Unity, and Long Island
Baptist housing projects in East New York. Authorities say the drug organizations
of crews, were especially difficult to investigate because of their blood ties.
total revenue of the gangs, which operated for two years, was $11 million.
A 35-foot boat and seven luxury vehicles were seized from the suspects, including
a Cadillac Escalade and a van with a plasma television and satellite dish. Police say, the boat and vehicles may have been useful in the drug trade
to attract customers to covert meeting places.
resident of the Remeeder projects said, the drug crews in her building
protected residents from rival crews in nearby neighborhoods. The people who
got arrested are the same people who protect us and our kids, she said. Nobody here feels more safe after the arrests.
lead investigator said, each drug crew was headed by brothers in one of the
five families and populated throughout by cousins from all five.
you have fathers and sons, mothers and sons, and that grandmother, Annie Yates,
has her grandson in the organization. And within each crew, there were others
layers of family. You might have a wife and a husband in different crews.
crews were allegedly led by Johnny Collado, Victor Adams and Andre Coulter,
whose crew was the largest at 35 members. Authorities declined to identify
the leaders of the other two crews because their indictments are sealed. The drug trafficking operation lasted from Jan. 1, 2002 to August 6th, 2004.
district attorney has pursued a number of cases involving gangs organizing huge
drug trades within housing complexes. In 2002, 61 indictments led
to the breakup of five gangs that had terrorized the Cypress Hills projects.
New York Times
Supreme McGriff (pictured above) is a former New York
drug lord and leader of the notorious Supreme Team crew. McGriff
served ten years for a 1989 drug conviction, when he was released, the authorities
allege, he financed hip-hop label Murder, Inc. In his heyday,
McGriff made tens of millions of dollars. He is currently awaiting trial
with several other men for a litany of federal crimes, including: murder, drug
dealing and money laundering. One of the most feared black gangsters of
any era, McGriff is alleged to have orchestrated the shooting of rapper 50
Cent, several years ago. Federal authorities are currently
seeking the death penalty against McGriff.
Michael "Harry O" Harris (above left) dominated the Los Angeles drug scene in the 1980's. He was known as the premiere black drug kingpin in Hollywood. Harris continues to insist-he put up $1.5 million in 1991 (while incarcerated for 26 years on drug offenses) to finance Death Row Records.
Company CEO Suge Knight denies his claims but Harris says, Knight cut a deal with Interscope Records, which left him out in the cold, he still feels betrayed. Harris feels he's entitled to half the label's profits. Since then, lawsuits have been flying back and forth between Harris, his ex-wife Lydia (above, center) and Suge Knight.
Lydia would win a substantial judgment against Knight but she also admits she did accept a lower payment of $1 million dollars recently.