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IPSN, June 4, 1997

Chicago Gang Leader Propels the G.D.’s
into the Mainstream of Organized Crime


According to Dave Tibbetts, a Chicago-based DEA agent and specialist on street gangs who secured the weight of evidence that convicted Larry Hoover in his recent drug racketeering trial, this new and lethal form of organized crime is analogous to a pyramid.

It is a pyramid similar in structure to the typical large American corporation. Only this pyramid, based on the latest, and most innovative theories of Japanese management was designed by Larry Hoover from inside an Illinois state prison.

There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of loose and fragmented street gangs in Southern California. None of them possess the organizational sophistication of Hoover’s Gangster Disciples, with its many tiers of mid-management stretching from the Illinois Department of Corrections where most if not all of the gang hierarchy is imprisoned these days, down to the “Pee-Wees” (juveniles) peddling dope in the streets.

How has the prison system aided and abetted the growth of G.D.’s and their rival gangs with the top leadership behind bars? The truth is plain to see, but it is an issue not easily resolved by embattled Illinois Department of Corrections officials who do the best they can under impossible circumstances.

Change is not likely to occur unless we re-evaluate and literally suspend the rights and privileges Illinois convicts now enjoy according to Tibbetts, who reminded members of the Chicago Crime Commission recently that any attempt to impinge upon inmates’ rights would brush up against legislative and constitutional guarantees firmly in place. Try running that scenario past the A.C.L.U.

Imprisoned gangbangers are instructed by Hoover to work and study hard - complete their GED’s and learn rudimentary principles of law, from law books available to them inside prison libraries paid for with taxpayer money. While they sharpen their minds preparing for upcoming legal appeals, they also strengthen their bodies by flexing muscle in prison weight rooms. Thus, when the average “G.D.” has completed his GED and his sentence, he is unleashed on society that much wiser, meaner, and better prepared to create mayhem

Inside the walls of the state prisons, gang leaders like Hoover have appointed their own battery of “legal coordinators” and “education ministers” from within their own organization to assist fellow inmates in their appeals and to indoctrinate new members with G.D. propaganda.

The dissemination of information from the prisons back to the neighborhood “governors,” “regents,” “multiple regents” and street coordinators of Chicago is a self-perpetuating cycle. Confinement in a state facility does not impede the gang business which is the drug business. Business, we are sorry to report, continues to thrive.

Gang revenue comes from two principle sources: 1. Drug trafficking. The Gangster Disciples bring in $100 million annually, selling $5.00 bags of crack in the streets and alleys of Chicago. The drugs are shipped to Chicago by the Cali and North Beach cartels of South America who deal directly with small distribution “cells” servicing the gangs. If one such cell is taken out by DEA agents, or other branches of law enforcement, it is virtually impossible for the Feds to trace nearby avenues of supply because the local drug movers are not told about the existence of other cells in their domain.

Once secured, the dope is diluted and re-bagged for street sale at $5.00 a hit at the Stateway Gardens housing project on the South Side.

2. Extortion of rival drug traffickers. It is estimated that the gang rakes in $13 million annually from shakedowns.

The income from these illegal enterprises is laundered in the Cayman Islands, or through shell companies and bogus business fronts promoting “growth and development” in the community.

“Growth and development” is all nonsense according to Tibbets, who points to Larry Hoover’s lust for money and power as the axle that greases his wheel. Hoover can demand $200,000 in one day from his gang - and expect to receive it.

Larry Hoover closely monitored the evolution of the American mafia from its humble “Black Hand” origins at the turn of the century, through its successful infiltration of legitimate business. Al Capone was his hero. Jeff Fort, leader of the Blackstone Rangers during the formative years of the 1960s, built the foundation from which Hoover added organizational refinements.

In 1983, he drafted a manifesto titled the “Blueprint of the New Concept,” which outlined the six principles of “growth and development.” A quasi-executive board which Hoover calls the “Brothers of the Struggle” was founded at Stateville Penitentiary in 1983 for the purpose of establishing a management structure - a corporate pyramid of gangdom.

Today, these tenets are firmly in place and the Gangster Disciples, active up and down the Mississippi River basin in nine states continue to build on a nationwide membership basis that easily surpasses 100,000.

In Illinois alone, 8,000 G.D.s are serving time in state prisons. Another 20,000 are roaming the streets.

The numbers are imposing, but numbers alone do not tell a complete story.

Hoover envisions the day when he can unite all of the “Folks” and “People” gangs into a vast monolithic criminal empire, with himself, of course, situated upon the throne. A few years ago a gang summit was convened in Chicago under the banner of “United in Peace.” The usual platitudes of peace, love, and harmony were exchanged along with a pledge promising an end to the cycle of violence. Dave Tibbets, Dr. George Knox, director of the National Gang Crime Research Center at Chicago State University, and other knowledgeable gang watchers doubt the sincerity of their stated purpose.

Victories are won in court, and the successful prosecution of Hoover and other self-anointed “kings of nations” stem from the government’s seizure of documents containing the names of the governors and regents, down to the street level. The effective use of Title 21 statutes was another key factor. It is called the Continuing Criminal Enterprise act, which is similar but different from R.I.C.O. laws targeted against the Mafia in that its scope is limited to narcotics offenses only. Thus, the government hits the gang at the root source of its revenue stream. So far it is the best weapon available to us in the anti-gang arsenal.
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