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Tennessee: 1st guilty plea of 16 indicted in gang crackdown

JACKSON, Tennessee. – Federal prosecutors say that the first of 16 alleged members of the Gangster Disciples street gang who were accused of extortion charges has pleaded guilty.

The U. S. attorney’s office in Jackson said Wednesday that the 37-year-old Daniel Lee Cole, also known as “D-Money,” ordered acts of violence against gang members, issued operational orders and sold drugs for the Gangster Disciples.

Prosecutors say Cole is mentioned in a plea agreement that he was a former leader in a region that included Jackson. Cole entered a guilty plea under the Racketeer influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The authorities say that the Gangster Disciples are a very well organized street gang that is active in more than 35 countries and is responsible for the violent acts and large-scale drug and firearm distribution.

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