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FBI arrest ‘Grundy Crew’ gang leader in Indianapolis on drug trafficking, money laundering charges

November 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
FBI arrest ‘Grundy Crew’ gang leader in Indianapolis on drug trafficking, money laundering charges

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FBI arrest Grundy Crew gang leader during a series of raids in Indianapolis

On Monday, Richard Grundy III, a man officials and prosecutors say led a murderous drug gang in Indianapolis, appeared in federal court with nine of his co-defendants.

Grundy pleaded not guilty to ten charges, which include drug dealing and money laundering.

His arrest occurred after the FBI carried out a series of coordinated raids around the city on Friday, according to WISH-TV.

The charges resulted from a wiretap and surveillance probe which led to several FBI raids.

Federal prosecutors claim that Grundy and his partners bought methamphetamine and marijuana in Phoenix for redistribution in Indianapolis.

The “Grundy Crew” has been characterized in court documents as an Indianapolis drug-trafficking organization linked to marijuana smuggling and homicides.

Officials also have Facebook posts in which Grundy recently threatened to murder informants. All suspects are in custody without bond. His jury trial is scheduled for January 8th.

The Department of Justice revealed that Grundy and 25 others are facing federal charges in the case. In addition to the raids conducted last week in Indianapolis, federal and local officials also led raids in Phoenix.

The Grundy Crew busts culminated in the seizure of 30 guns and $100,000 in cash along with meth, weed, and prescription pills.

Grundy and other individuals pooled their cash to purchase drugs from Phoenix that were then kept in “stash houses” around Indianapolis for later resale.

After being in the Marion County Jail for 18 months awaiting trial on multiple charges, including conspiring to commit murder, Grundy was released from custody in 2016 when the most serious charges against him were dropped.

Grundy is accused masterminding a violent drug operation, allegedly responsible for ordering a slew of murders and trafficking thousands of pounds of marijuana into Indianapolis.

Almost instantly, Grundy’s associates were found dead.

In September 2016, Mack Taylor, who was pictured with Grundy upon his release showing friendship with the notorious gang leader, was murder along with another while trying attempting to rob a drug house.

The owner of that stash house, Terrell Scott, was also killed last May.

Grundy’s cousin, Jasmine Moore, was shot and killed down outside a strip club in July. Grundy was injured, and two other women were shot while at funeral services for Moore.

Just after that, Grundy signed a plea deal with Marion County prosecutors on a marijuana count that led to no additional jail time and non-reporting probation.

“To the extent that we did not obtain convictions that we would have liked I am convinced that we disrupted the organization,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “Any cases including those against Grundy that were dismissed before going to trial…could be refiled. In the murder case there is no statute of limitations.”

As Grundy walked away a free man, detectives said they caught him on wiretaps organizing from drug deals between Indianapolis and Phoenix.

“We were aware that the investigation had been initiated, but at that point, it was not clear that it would be a successful investigation,” Curry added.

Now that Grundy is back in custody, Curry said his office would move to have probation revoked.

The prosecutor is confident that this recent probe and arrest may persuade other co-defendants or witnesses to provide information against Grundy that would lead to the refiling of those dismissed charges.

As for disruption of what federal prosecutors referred to as the “Grundy-Led Drug Trafficking Organization,” Curry said it might take officials over a year to investigate the impact on street level narcotics dealing and drug violence in Indianapolis.

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