Federal Authorities Snag 23 Chicago Gang Bangers, Including Leader of Black Disciples


Chicago promised to defund their police department in the face of spikes in violence. Numerous children have been the victims of gang shootings of late. So if Chicago police are not allowed to do it, the Feds surely can.  After a years long investigation, Federal agents stepped in to make 23 arrests of high profile Chicago gang bangers on July 29, including the leader of the Black Disciples. Of those arrests, 22 face Federal gun and drug offenses, and one of them is facing bank fraud charges. It has been stated that Chicago hasn’t seen a sting like this for decades.

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Darnell “Murder” McMiller reported leader of the Black Disciples (Federal court files photo)

The USA Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois reported,

During the multi-year investigation, law enforcement seized 24 firearms, more than 13 kilograms of cocaine, more than a kilogram of heroin, approximately 1,350 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl, approximately 750 grams of fentanyl or fentanyl analogue, approximately 378 grams of crack cocaine, $52,595 in suspected illicit cash proceeds, and distribution quantities of suspected MDMA pills.  Much of the alleged drug and gun trafficking occurred in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

Indictments and criminal complaints unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago charge 22 of the defendants with various drug or firearm offenses, while one defendant faces bank fraud charges.  The defendants were arrested Tuesday and have begun making initial appearances in federal court.

Included among the defendants is DARNELL MCMILLER, also known as “Murder,” who is described in the charges as the current leader of the Black Disciples street gang in Chicago.  Several other alleged high-ranking members of the Black Disciples were also charged and arrested, including CLARENCE JANUARY, who allegedly leads the gang’s “Dog Pound” faction, and KENNETH BROWN, who allegedly supplied the gang with drugs for distribution in Chicago.  CHARLES KNIGHT, an alleged high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, is charged as part of the probe with supplying narcotics to McMiller’s crew.

Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples…familiar names to news watchers. More than 50 times during the investigation, the gang bangers sold drugs and guns to people who were actually cooperating with Federal law enforcement. Some of those persons videotaped the transactions.

Federal Drug Charges: McMiller; Knight; Brown; Morris; ALONZO BROOKS, 49, of Chicago; SHONGO COLLIER, 48, of Riverdale; LAWRENCE DRAUS, 41, of Crestwood; FREDRICK STEWART, 47, of Chicago; TONY REDDING, 44, of Chicago; RAMONT AUSTIN, 39, of Chicago; FRANKLIN REDDING, 46, of Chicago; BARRY MICKIEL, 49, of Chicago; BRIAN BILLUPS, 40, of Plainfield; JOSEPH ANDERSON, 43, of Chicago; and SANTANA STEELE, 36, of Chicago.

Federal Firearms charges: January; ANTOINE MCDANIELS, 44, of Chicago; DEANDRE MARTIN, 32, of Chicago; WILLIE ALFORD, 45, of Chicago; TRAVIS WASHINGTON, 24, of Chicago; WENDELL KEMP, 55, of Chicago; and SHAWN HUDSON, 48, of Harvey.

Bank fraud: JOHN ECTOR, 47, of Chicago. He is the owner of a bar called V75.

Twenty three arrests will barely scratch the surface of the plague of violence in Chicago’s street gangs. Over this weekend alone, 9 people were killed, including a 9 year old boy, and 25 wounded. (Fox) The culture which exists throughout the gangs in Chicago must be changed in order to create a real solution. But this is a good start. Now if they’d clear out the corruption within the Chicago government from top to bottom, you’d have a winner.

The US Attorney’s office stated that Project Guardian, Project Safe Neighborhoods, were involved in the arrests. Operation Legend has brought more resources into the region to help with more actions, according to the US Attorney’s office.

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H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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