By Gangsters Inc. Editors
A federal jury convicted four leaders of the Gangster Disciples on Monday for their participation in a years-long interstate racketeering conspiracy involving drug trafficking, witness tampering, and multiple murders.
The Gangster Disciples is a gang with a decades-long history of lawlessness and violence. It has a presence throughout the United States, including in state and federal prisons. It employs a structured hierarchy, with leadership positions such as national “Board Members” and state “Governors.” As part of their efforts to maintain control of the gang, the defendants murdered two other members who opposed their regime.
Whacking a Board Member
On May 18, 2018, 53-year-old Warren “Big Head” Griffin, of Glenwood, Illinois, drove to the south side of Chicago with fellow Gangster Disciples Board Member Anthony Dobbins to murder a former powerful Board Member, because he opposed their status as Board Members in the gang. Griffin lured him, and Dobbins came up from behind and shot him three times in the back and once in the face.
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On April 28, 2018, 52-year-old Sean “Pops” Clemon, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and 30-year-old Dominique “D-Mac” Maxwell, also of Cape Girardeau, on orders from 49-year-old Frank “Little Frank” Smith, of Naperville, Illinois, fatally shot another man and injured two other men in Bridgeton, Missouri.
“Mike Tyson Punch Out”
The shooting was part of a leadership dispute in which Board Members Smith and Griffin sought to remove another Gangster Disciple member from his position as Governor of Missouri. Smith texted “Mike Tyson Punch Out” to Maxwell prior the shooting, which was an order to commit “extreme violence,” including murder. Both Clemon and Maxwell were promoted to leadership positions within the gang for committing this murder.
The gangsters’ other acts of violence included a nightclub stabbing in East St. Louis, Illinois, and a nonfatal shooting in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Gangster Disciples members also engaged in various acts of drug trafficking, including a scheme to smuggle the synthetic drug “K2” into Missouri state prisons.
All four defendants were convicted of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering, and face a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The sentencing dates have not yet been set.
Smith, Maxwell, and Clemon were also convicted of racketeering conspiracy, as well as firearms offenses related to the April 28 murder. Griffin was also convicted of racketeering conspiracy, as well as firearms offenses related to the May 18 murder.
Dobbins pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy on January 17.
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