CHICAGO | Six local men are among 17 members or associates of the Black Disciples street gang arrested this week in a federal drug dealing and gun sweep centered on the Altgeld Gardens area on Chicago’s South Side.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 1.3 kilograms of crack cocaine and .44 kilograms of heroin, and the recovery of approximately 39 firearms, federal authorities said.
In a news release from the FBI in Chicago, the six men — charged with violating federal drug laws — are identified as Walter “Gangster” Blackman, 50, of 8601 Lakewood, Gary (also charged with a federal firearms violation); Stephan Gwin, 34, of 530 E. 114th Place, Dolton; Levertis Logan, 26, of 14714 S. Beachview, Dolton; Charles Tankson, 42, of 14422 S. Bensley Ave., Burnham; Brian Washington, 26, of 418 Johnson St., Gary (charged in Indiana); and Christopher Derrick, 54, of 2499 W. 86th Ave., Merrillville (charged in Indiana, also facing firearms charge).
Washington and Derrick made initial appearances Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. Walter Blackman’s brother, Ken Blackman, 29, no permanent address, is wanted on federal firearms charges and has avoided capture and is the subject of a nationwide manhunt, federal authorities said.
Also arrested on drug charges are Abdulla Brewer, 25, of 6558 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago; Jeffrey Brewer, 23, of 12045 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago; Jamaal Crawford, 30, of 3154 E. 80th St., Chicago; Antoine “Poo” Harris, 25, of 13938 S. Wentworth, Riverside, Ill.; Wallace Muhammad, 35, of 14205 S. Maryland, Chicago; Lashawn Price, of 3121 Butler St., Springfield, Ill., (arrested in Des Moines, Iowa); Marlon “Taboo” Shannon, 54, of 1119 E. 101st St., Chicago; and Christopher “Big C” Williams, 26, of 4641 W. Jackson St., Chicago.
Anthony “Ant” Green, 43, of 7113 S. Calumet Ave., Chicago; and James “Solo” Jones, 36, of 736 W. 116th Place, Chicago, are charged with federal firearms violations.
The defendants, who are being held at the Metropolitan Corrections Center in Chicago, were ordered held without bond pending initial court hearings next week.
The investigation of the Black Disciples gang was a coordinated effort by local, state and federal authorities to dismantle a drug trafficking organization operating in the Chicago region, the FBI said. The investigation, led by Chicago FBI’s Safe Streets Gangs Join Task Force, employed the extensive use of sophistical physical surveillance techniques, the controlled purchase of illicit drugs and guns and the electronic interception of telephone conversations involving one or more defendants.
The defendants charged with narcotics offenses face maximum penalties of 20 years for some and 40 years for others, while others face a maximum sentence of life in prison, federal authorities said. Depending on the charged offense, the defendants also may face mandatory minimum sentences of either five or 10 years. In addition, the narcotics charges carry possible maximum fines ranging from $1 million to $10 million.
Those defendants charged with firearms violations face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.