CHICAGO -- Federal agents and Chicago Police have arrested six south suburban

residents and 10 Chicagoans wanted in connection with a nearly four-year

investigation of suspected Gangster Disciple street gang members.

Of the 21 suspected members sought by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and

Firearms and Chicago Police, 16 were in custody Monday morning and five were

still being sought by authorities.

This is the third major sweep of Gangster Disciples by federal agents and

Chicago Police in the last four years. More than 60 suspects were arrested in

the first two sweeps, including the organization's leader, Larry Hoover, who

was subsequently prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to a life term in a

federal penitentiary.

The two agencies previously teamed up to investigate and make arrests inside

the Latin Kings, El Rukns and Vice Lords.

Special Agent Jerry Singer, spokesman for the ATF, said the arrests have

resulted in a noticeable change in the way Chicago area street gangs operate.

"We've seen a change of culture," Singer said. "In the past, people would

strive to be recognized as leaders in the gang, for several reasons: There was

more money in it, and there was a certain amount of prestige which came with

being associated with the gang."

"Now we're seeing people that don't want to take on that roll so openly. We

don't see the flamboyance."

The most prominent suspect in custody is Roy Mosley, 42, of 14929 S. Lincoln

Ave., Dolton, who was arrested at home early Friday. According to Singer,

Mosley is allegedly a major supplier of narcotics from whom more than one ton

of cocaine was seized by police in February from a car wash in Crestwood.

Three men, including Mosley's son, were arrested in connection with the

seizure. In June, he allegedly tried to sell narcotics to a federal informant

to raise money for the bail. At the time, he allegedly made comments that the

drugs seized in February were his, Singer said.

Also arrested Monday were:

* Quincy "Q" Jackson, 36, and his girlfriend, Sheree Smith, 27, both formerly

of 18332 S. Torrence, Lansing. Two federal witnesses, both former members of

the gang, allegedly purchased large amounts of narcotics from Jackson. After a

recent fire at their former residence, the couple moved to the Extended Stay

Inn, 2521 173rd St., Lansing.

* Vernon "Moze" Everett, 26, of 14115 S. Michigan Ave., Riverdale.

* LaShawn "Cheese Toast" Littlejohn, 28, of 12812 S. Wood St., Blue Island, and

Solomon Evans, 30, of 18701 S. Willow Ave., Country Club Hills.

All 21 suspects face federal drug charges, including conspiracy to possess and

distribute powder cocaine from 1993 to the present. The cook County State's

Attorney's office, the Internal Revenue Service and the Chicago Division of the

Drug Enforcement Agency also took part in the investigation.

Authorities seized 22 weapons, a kilo of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana and

$140,000 in cash during the course of the investigation.

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