Eight suspected gang members are among nine Chicago-area residents recently charged with a host of federal drug, firearms and fraud charges. All nine are facing arrangements in Chicago.
During the course of a multiyear investigation, law enforcement seized approximately 62 firearms, approximately 6 kilograms of cocaine, approximately 500 grams of heroin/fentanyl and approximately 250 grams of crack cocaine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
Eight of the defendants live in Chicago; one lives in the suburbs, the attorney’s office said.
The charges are as follows:
- Steven “Redd” Nash, 56, is charged with firearms trafficking and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
- Marcus Taylor, 38, of Hinsdale, is charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
- Josephus “Jamo” Turner, 35, is charged with distribution of a controlled substance, firearms trafficking and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
- Calvin “White Boy” Bunting, 39, is charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
- Antonio Washington, also known as “Itch” and “Britney”, 45, is charged with distribution of crack cocaine.
- Fernando “Enterprise” Ramirez, 67, is charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
- Alix Aurel, 47, is charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
- Andre “Baby Stone” Howard Jr., 35, is charged with possession of a weapon as a convicted felon.
- Joshua “Twiggz” Broughton, 33, is charged with possession of a weapon as a convicted felon.
Federal prosecutors allege Turner, Bunting, Aurel, Howard, Nash and Broughton are members of the Rack City faction of the Black P Stone Nation (BPSN) street gang, which authorities said controls territory near 93rd and Halsted streets. Washington and Taylor are alleged associates of the Rack City faction.
All nine defendants are in custody.
The maximum sentence for the charges ranges from five to 40 years in federal prison.
According to the news release, federal prosecutors received “substantial assistance” from the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service and the Rosemont Police Department.