Gang Active in Georgia

Last week a corrections officer at Hays State Prison was arrested on charges of bringing drugs and contraband into Hays State Prison in Pennville.  Officials say that the woman was supplying the contraband to “Gangster Disciples”, who are active in Georgia’s Prison system.  The gang has roots in Chicago but officials in Georgia say that the gang is quite active in Georgia.

Last week, thirty-nine-year-old Lakeshia Katersa Thomas was found in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana during the execution of a search warrant at her residence on Leon Street in Rome. The marijuana was intended for distribution to members of the “Gangster Disciples” criminal street gang at the prison in Chattooga County, according to the report. Thomas reportedly received financial compensation in exchange for her participation in smuggling contraband into the facility.

The Gangster Disciples are a national gang whose organization dates back to the 1970s. The US Attorney’s Office says that the gang is highly structured, with a hierarchy of leadership posts known as “Positions of Authority” or “POAs.” The gang strictly enforces rules for its members, the most important of which is “Silence and Secrecy” – a prohibition on cooperating with law enforcement. Violations of the rule are punishable by death.

Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta said recently, “The Gangster Disciples are a ruthless gang that has preyed upon the good people of our communities for far too long. We are dedicated to continue dismantling these organized and violent criminal enterprises until we reach our ultimate goal of ending their reign of terror.”