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
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.