11 Charged In Massive 114-Count Gang Indictment In Georgia

On Tuesday, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced that 11 people had been charged in a new 114-count indictment in Laurens County obtained by his office’s new Gang Prosecution Unit. The individuals are allegedly associates of a hybrid criminal street gang known as Money Power Loyalty, or MPL.

The defendants are alleged to “have conspired together to obtain money, property and firearms by engaging in a pattern of criminal activity, including Murder, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery and Dealing in Controlled Substances. This indictment is part of a multi-agency operation that has resulted in the recovery of guns and drugs, including cocaine with fentanyl and fentanyl pills,” a press release from Carr’s office stated.

“This indictment is a testament to the results we’re able to achieve when all levels of law enforcement work together to do one thing – keep Georgians safe,” said Carr. “When gang violence occurs it threatens the lives of those directly involved in the conflict, and it equally impacts the children and families who live, work and learn in the surrounding community. We will not allow this cycle of danger and devastation to continue, and we will not rest until those responsible are held fully accountable for their actions.”

The case was investigated by the Dublin Police Department, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Gang Task Force, the GBI’s Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Swainsboro Police Department, the Wrightsville Police Department, ATF, FBI, and the Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Unit.

“Criminal street gangs terrorize Georgia communities every day,” said GBI Director Chris Hosey. “This lengthy indictment in Laurens County speaks volumes to the results of strong public safety partnerships with our local agencies and the AG’s Office. Our drug offices and Gang Task Force will continue the diligent work aimed at disrupting these criminal networks.”

All of the defendants have been charged with at least one count of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

According to the press release, between Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 11, 2024, the defendants allegedly conspired together and with others to achieve the following objectives:

  • Acquire United States currency, weapons and other property;
  • Maintain and increase the reputation, power and influence of the enterprise;
  • Enhance the reputation of the enterprise through the posting of messages, images and videos promoting its size, profitability and readiness to engage in acts of violence; and
  • Establish and maintain the enterprise’s structure through the payment and collection of dues and the distribution of proceeds from criminal activity among associates.

In total, the defendants are alleged to have committed 114 overt acts in furtherance of the conspiracy.

D & B Staff

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