A Georgia cop admitted to being a hit man for a violent criminal gang called the Gangster Disciples, using his position as a law enforcement officer to tip off fellow ganger members about a planned police raid on a bar frequented by the gang.
Vancito Gumbs, who was forced to resign from the DeKalb County Police Department in October because he was involved in illegal drugs, was one of 32 people listed in an indictment unsealed in a federal court in Atlanta Wednesday.
DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy said Grumbs was a “bad apple,” but did not explain why did he not arrest Gumbs rather than allow him to resign last year.
A second indictment filed in federal court in Memphis listed 16 people as members of the Gangster Disciples, a gang formed in Chicago during the 1960s with the merging of the Black Disciples and Supreme Gangsters.
The federal indictment, which you can read here or below, states the gang now operates out of 24 states, describing it as a highly organized operation involved in drug trafficking, robbery, carjacking, extortion, wire fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud and bank fraud.
It also says the gang keeps “victims and witnesses to crime in fear of the enterprise and in fear of its leaders, members, and associates through threats of violence and actual violence, including murder, attempted murder, assault and intimidation.”
The indictment details charges of racketeering, murder, drug trafficking, robbery, carjacking, extortion and fraud.
However, the indictment does not include charges for murder against Gumbs, even though it states that “on or about August 25, 2015, defendant VANCITO GUMBS, who was then a DeKalb County Police Officer, admitted that he had killed people as a ‘hitman’ for the Gangster Disciples.”
Gumbs was also accused of traveling with another gang member, Kevin Clayton, in order to “take care of GD business”.
Later on October 3, 2015, Clayton called Gumbs to inquiry what officers were investigating on Flat Shoals Road. Gumbs told Clayton about it was a shooting that police were investigating, the indictment states.
A few days later, Gumbs called Clayton to tell him to stay away from a sports bar which police were raiding. Later that say day Clayton called Gumbs to tell him to bring him a gun. It is unclear if Gumbs provided Clayton a weapon from the documents.
The indictment also advises defendants of “Notice of Enhanced Sentencing” for RICO conspiracy and murder. Gumbs name is eerily absent from the list of defendant with enhanced sentencing.
It was also in October when Gumbs resigned as he was being investigated for illegal drug activity. Chief Conroy stated “Gumbs lied during that investigation and was being terminated when he resigned”. Conroy said he has no reason to believe any other DeKalb officers were involved in gang activity.
Gumbs was arrested in December for domestic violence, according to online records.
Each of the defendants listed in the indictment are accused of murder, attempted murder, robbery, extortion and arson as well as drug trafficking and financial fraud, according to the indictment. The accused are also allegedly instructed juveniles to commit violent criminal acts.
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