U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak underscores that the reason Georgia police call them “dangerous,” is that their “very violent” members “will not hesitate to shoot at anyone,” even prison guards and police officers.
In Georgia alone, out of a dozen cops that the GG’s aimed at and pulled the trigger in the last four years, five were hit. Three were killed. Two of those murdered were Department of Corrections officers.
They are so ruthless, they sliced the tattoos off one member who broke the rules, and left him to die. He lived through it but is now “maimed.”
According to the indictment unsealed this week, “The group is highly organized into different levels of leadership.” That is why the Justice Department came in like Ghostbusters to scatter them separately to federal prisons across the country.
A “significant blow” to the Ghostface Gangsters organization was handed down in the form of a 21-count indictment of charges, unsealed on Tuesday. 23 members of the meticulously structured enterprise face serious new charges.
Three of the gang’s “founding pillars,” were charged. Lieutenants having “a seat at the table” and accomplice “first ladies” also went down. The gang even has formal “treasurer, legal coordinator, meeting coordinator and event coordinator” positions.
Alleged crimes include “conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, carjacking, four counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, maiming, assault, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and firearms offenses.”
Six of the female “associates” were named in the indictment. While the men are generally heavily tattooed, “some of the women look like regular, normal women.”
“Lately we’ve been having to check the cabbage extremely closely, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier notes. “They’ve been holed out and are full of drugs and cell phones.”
“We have had drones breeching our perimeter and dropping contraband packages off in different locations in the facility. And if you know anything about the technology of drones these days, you can have a cell phone and have the coordinates and that drone can fly directly to the coordinates. So if an inmate has an illegal cell phone and turns it on, they can actually have it fly to that person.”
Once inside the prisons, gangsters “use the phones to continue drug sales, communicate with other gang members or even conduct video conferences,” Dozier points out.
In order to combat the drones and generally prevent contraband, Dozier says that they use “nets, scanners, and metal detectors.”
Most of the 5,000 plus Ghostface gang are already in prison across Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. One of the things that makes them so special is that the exclusively white gang was born behind bars.
“The gang originated in the Cobb County Jail in the early 2000’s, and has spread to other Georgia counties and beyond state borders.”
While the gang gets their name from the fact that the vast majority are white, Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Hoffer explains they are not “a white supremacist group.”
“Some of them claim to want to have other members – black, African-American members – others claim they don’t, so there’s a mixed feeling about that.”
Pak joined Attorney General Jeff Sessions, along with Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Schmidt of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and Georgia law enforcement officials to make the announcement on Tuesday.
“An attack on our law enforcement officers is an attack on all of us and can never be tolerated,” Attorney General Sessions proclaimed.
“Law enforcement officers are the thin blue line standing between law-abiding people and the violent gangs and criminals who peddle poison to our young people, terrorize our communities, and attempt to impose a false sovereignty over our neighborhoods.”
“President Trump,” Sessions continues, “has ordered us to improve the safety of our law enforcement officers, and at the Department of Justice, we are carrying out that order.”
“The Ghostface Gangsters gang flourished through recruitment, intimidation, and perpetration of heinous crimes, and it is critical that law enforcement agencies take aggressive actions against these criminals,” Special Agent Schmidt relates.
According to the indictment, “gang members attempted to kill two fellow gang members.” One was shot in the face, losing an eye. The other had his throat slashed. Ghostface Gangsters either tried or were successful at killing “six law enforcement officers.”
David Rybicki, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, promises, “The Department of Justice will not tolerate such brazen attacks on the honorable men and women of law enforcement who defend the innocent, who protect our families, our communities and our countries from drugs and violence.”