ATLANTA – In a series of pleas, six members of the Nine Trey Gangsters (NTG) national criminal organization pleaded guilty to Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization (RICO) conspiracy charges.
“Members of the Nine Trey Gangsters showed a shocking indifference to human life, both in carrying out planned acts of violence, and in distributing drugs, including methamphetamine, throughout Georgia,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine. “While the gang offered members a sense of belonging and the opportunity to make money through illicit drug sales, it was those same members who were most often the targets of violence from the gang based solely on the whims of the gang’s leaders.”
“The Department will continue to bring to justice the leaders and most violent members of dangerous criminal enterprises like the Nine Trey Gangsters,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Removing those most responsible for the violence and drug dealing perpetrated by members and associates of violent street gangs like the Nine Trey Gangsters makes our neighborhoods and communities safer.”
“Members of Nine Trey Gangsters have plagued our streets with violence and drug trafficking for far too long,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “These pleas are an example of our commitment to dismantle organized, violent criminal enterprises. The community can rest assured these defendants won’t be on our streets for a very long time, thanks to the efforts of the FBI led Safe Streets Gang Task Force and its state and local partners.”
The following NTG gang members have pleaded guilty to count one of the second superseding indictment charging them and four others with RICO conspiracy:
Tyrone Clark, a/k/a “Tight Eye,” Joseph Riley, a/k/a “Joe Blow,” Gary Sartor a/k/a “G-Stacks,” and Patrick Caple a/k/a “Zoe,” all held the rank of “Fifth Floor” in the gang’s hierarchy, one of the highest ranks an individual can hold within a line of the gang. In those roles they were responsible for overseeing all of the members below them and reporting up to the gang’s national leadership.
Gary Sartor, Patrick Caple, and Michael Jackson were in Georgia Department of Corrections custody when they participated in the conspiracy.
Tyrone Clark, 40, of Marietta, Georgia, Joseph Riley, 37, of Atlanta, Georgia, Gary Sartor, 37, of Atlanta, Georgia, Patrick Caple, 56, of Glennville, Georgia, Michael Jackson, 27, of Chester, Georgia, and Brandon Asberry, 32, of Atlanta, Georgia have pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the Second Superseding Indictment, charging them and four others with RICO Conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) for their involvement in planning, facilitating, and executing multiple acts of violence and participation in the gang’s drug trafficking activities, including the distribution of methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax. Each defendant will be sentenced in the coming months by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of their FBI Safe Streets Task Force with assistance from the Georgia Department of Corrections.
US Department of Justice; Northern District of Georgia