Violent Chicago gang member gets 20 years for role in meth pipeline involving Aryan Brotherhood, Bloods, La Raza, Vice Lords

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of a violent Chicago street gang has been sentenced to decades in federal prison for his role in a major drug trafficking conspiracy that funneled large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs into Georgia.

“This notorious drug trafficking organization distributed poison (methamphetamine) to the coastal and south-Georgia community while causing fear through means of violence and intimidation,” said Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Field Division.

Almighty Simon City Royals

38-year-old Leroy “Jack Turtlehead” Bozarth was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine. He is a previously convicted felon with decades-long criminal history that started when he sold crack cocaine as a pre-teen.

As a member and “muscle” for the Almighty Simon City Royals, a violent Chicago street gang, Bozarth was part of a conspiracy that transported illegal drugs into south Georgia from Mexico and Atlanta, aided by multiple criminal street gangs including the Ghost Face Gangsters, La Raza/SUR 13, Bloods, Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, and Aryan Brotherhood.

“Making our communities safer means removing the violent criminals who endanger our neighborhoods, especially those affiliated with street gangs,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “As an enforcer for such a gang, Leroy Bozarth used violence, fear and intimidation as tools of his drug trade. Our streets will be safer with him and his co-conspirators behind bars.”

Operation Stranded Bandit

Bozarth was one of 35 defendants indicted as part of Operation Stranded Bandit. The investigation and indictments grew from other major gang-related drug trafficking prosecutions in Operation Vanilla Gorilla and Operation Who’s Laughing Now. The investigations and prosecutions, under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, targeted widespread, gang-related drug trafficking organizations.

The conspirators operated inside and outside Georgia’s prison system, using drones and other means to smuggle cell phones into prisons so that incarcerated conspirators could continue to coordinate the trafficking operations from Mexico to Georgia.

Of the 35 defendants charged in Operation Stranded Bandit, at least 24 have entered guilty pleas with many of them sentenced, while seven are awaiting trial.

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