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Feds announce first guilty plea in RICO indictment against 16 members of Gangster Disciples

December 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds announce first guilty plea in RICO indictment against 16 members of Gangster Disciples

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Justice Department officials announced the first guilty plea in a RICO conspiracy case against 16 members of the Gangster Disciples on Wednesday.

Daniel Lee Cole, who is also known as “D-Money” pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday, to one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise Edward L. Stanton III, the U.S. Attorney for Tennessee’s Western District, said in a statement.

As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Cole admitted to his role as a top leader of the Gangster Disciples.

Additionally, Cole acknowledged he made decisions on behalf of the criminal enterprise, oversaw drug trafficking operations throughout the state, and ordered violent acts against gang rivals and subordinates.

Feds indicted Cole and 15 other members of the Gangster Disciples in the Memphis and Jackson areas back in May 2016 for allegedly conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act or RICO.

The indictment was the result of a joint investigation involving the FBI, DEA along with state and local authorities.

Federal law enforcement agencies say the Gangster Disciples a highly organized gang with an operational presence in 35 states and are responsible for acts of violence along with large-scale weapons and narcotics distribution.

Cole faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on March 23, 2017.

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