Alleged Gangster Disciple leader arrested in New Orleans

ATLANTA --- An alleged leader of a national gang with strong ties to Georgia has been arrested in New Orleans, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Monday.

According to the FBI, Shauntay Lamarr Craig was taken into custody Sunday night at a home in Marrero, La. 

Craig was allegedly a board member in the Gangster Disciples, a national gang believed to be responsible for numerous murders and robberies as well as extortion plots and drug trafficking throughout the United States. He was indicted along with 49 other alleged gang members on April 28 by a federal grand jury in Atlanta on Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Act (RICO) charges.

“The FBI and its many law enforcement partners have undertaken the arduous task of dismantling this dangerous and violent national street gang known as the Gangster Disciples”, said George Couch, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division. “With an extensive series of federal indictments and ensuing arrests, we feel that we have made significant progress toward this goal.  Taking down the leadership of such an organization is, however, imperative and the arrest of Shauntay Craig brings us even closer to our objectives.”

Craig was the final of those 50 indicted to be apprehended. He was scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Monday before awaiting extradition back to Atlanta. 

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FULL LIST: 32 alleged gang members indicted in Georgia


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