The first ever racketeering case in Kansas has been filed in Wichita against the Crips street gang.
Specifically, 28 members of the Crips are charged in a total of 2 indictments. This is the result of a year long federal investigation that was led by the Wichita Police Department.
All of the defendants are charged with attempting to use violence and the threat of violence in order to preserve and also expand the power of the Crips street gang and to also protect their criminal enterprise from law enforcement.
All gangs have their own distinguishing characteristics and for the Crips it was wearing baby blue clothing, similar to the color used by the University of North Carolina’s athletic teams. They also wore gang tattoos and used gang hand signals.
New members were initiated, or ” jumped into” the gang. This involved them to voluntarily submit to a beating by members of the gang, And if anyone wanted to leave, they had to go through the same process/
Tommy Anderson, Sr.; Clinton A.D. Knight; Armand Little; Trena Marteaus Carter; Darryn; Junian; Troy Langston; Lonnie Wade; and Calvin Williams are mentioned in the indictments as being the leaders of the Crips gang.
The indictment includes charges of four alleged murders namely the Feb. 3, 1998, killing of Tisha Jones by Jason Tisdale; the Feb. 3, 1998, killing of Keith James by Jason Tisdale; the Aug. 5, 2004, killing of Umanah Smith by Jason Tisdale; and the July 2, 2006, killing of David Barney by Jermal Campbell.In addition to the murders, the indictment also includes 11 alleged attempted murders.
In two of the indictments, 28 defendants are identified as alleged members of the Crips and subsets of the Crips including the Neighborhood Crips, the Insane Crips, the Tre Five Sevens, the 19 th Streeters and the 17 th Streeters.
There are other crimes that are alleged against members of Crips including arson, robbery, possession of crack cocain and cocain with the intent to distribute the substances as well as charges of actually distributing them. And they are also charged with transportation of minors to engage in prostitution.
There are three minors who are also identified in the indictment, with possession with intent to distribute and the distribution of marijuana as well as maintaining properties for the purpose of drug trafficking. Their names are not mentioned in the indictment due to their ages.
The indictments are the result of the cooperative efforts of the police, federal prosecutors and a dozen other local, state and federal agencies worked together to develop a case using the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to prosecute the Crips.
The indictment only contains charges of crimes and the defendants are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Source: FBI http://kansascity.fbi.gov/