ATF Arrests 3 Chicago Gang Members on Federal Gun Dealing and Drug Trafficking Charges in Undercover Sting
CHICAGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Chicago gang members were to appear before U.S. District Court Magistrate Nan R. Nolan today after being arrested on federal firearms and narcotics violations by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Cynthia Ford, Danny L. Mitchell and Albert W. Jones were arrested yesterday after they allegedly traded four and one-half ounces of crack cocaine for eight semi-automatic handguns during an undercover sting. A fourth coconspirator named in the criminal complaint, Terryon Cates, remains at large. As previously convicted felons, all the defendants are prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms. The arrests culminated a three-month series of undercover crack cocaine and heroin buys and recorded conversations about buying guns. Ford, Mitchell and Jones attempted to flee the scene at the conclusion of the undercover arrest operation yesterday, but were immediately apprehended. All four suspects are members of the Gangster Disciples Street Gang operating in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. Ford, 24, of 1006 E. 80th St., is a ranking member of the Gangster Disciples. Mitchell, 29, of 831 W. 50th Pl., and Jones, 27, of 14721 S. Lexington, Harvey, Ill., were charged with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of mixtures containing cocaine base, in the form of "crack cocaine," a Schedule II Narcotic Drug Controlled Substance. The suspects allegedly conspired to sell more than 300 grams of crack cocaine and heroin to an undercover ATF agent, and as part of the undercover meetings, the suspects negotiated the purchase of firearms to be used by the gang. "In response to the tragic deaths of innocent victims because of gang violence, ATF and the Chicago Police Department joined together to bring their combined expertise and resources to Englewood in order to curb the indiscriminate violence, making the community safer for the law abiding citizens," said ATF Chicago Special Agent in Charge Andrew Traver. If convicted of the firearms and narcotics violations, the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. The ongoing investigation is the result of a joint enforcement operation being conducted by ATF and the Chicago Police Department in the Englewood community of Chicago. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pekron is representing the government in the case. Contact: Special Agent Thomas J. Ahern Public Information Officer 312-846-7228 312-735-0675
SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
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