Though white supremacy and racism seem to be alive and well in the great state of Georgia, dozens of white supremacists were taken off the streets and charged with federal crimes after Operation Vanilla Gorilla saw the arrests of members of the Ghost Face Gangsters.
Yes, a gang exists that is called the Ghost Face Gangsters, and yes the operation name was Operation Vanilla Gorilla. However, as hilarious as the names are, the gang is a serious gang that oversaw drug and firearm trafficking throughout Georgia.
Fox 8 described the gang as “a violent, white supremacist street gang operated largely from inside prisons, and with other criminal street gangs to aid in the distribution of controlled substances, for protection, and to promote a climate of fear, the release said.”
The illegal substances the gang was charged with moving include methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin. Over 40 gang members were indicted, and all face sentences that include life in prison, according to Fox 8.
Fox 8 described Operation Vanilla Gorilla as the “largest takedowns of Ghost Face Gangsters associates to date.”
In a release from the Department of Justice in the Southern District of Georgia, they listed the charges which included:
’25 counts alleging the possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute;
18 counts alleging the unlawful distribution of controlled substances;
25 counts alleging prohibited persons (drug users and/or felons) in possession of firearms and/or ammunition;
One count alleging the unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon – a sawed-off rifle;
One count alleging the possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number;
10 counts alleging the possession of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills; and,
2 counts alleging the possession of counterfeit currency.’
‘Two Georgia residents are expected to face murder charges after the body of their infant boy was found stuffed in a freezer at a Dothan, Ala., hotel Monday, according to Dothan police.’
Two correction officers were also killed by two members of the gang.
The Savannah director of police Roy Minter commented:
‘This is a dangerous gang that promotes violence and profits from poisoning our communities.’
United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine commented in the release:
‘When I was sworn in as the United States Attorney, I pledged that we would make neighborhoods safer and work hard to dismantle criminal street gangs. As this indictment demonstrates, we will coordinate with federal, state and local law enforcement to identify criminal organizations; we will target them; and we will dismantle them. The Ghost Face Gangsters is a gang that started in Georgia prisons. It has spread to the free world. It is my goal to end the gang where it started.’
The name for the operation actually came from the fact that “Vanilla Gorilla” is a title that is used within the gang, and one member had the title tattooed on their chest. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Gilluly, Jr. explained:
‘Vanilla Gorilla is a title that many of the Ghost Face Gangsters wear proudly. In fact, one of the lead defendants in this case has Vanilla Gorilla tattooed right on his chest. It’s a sign of pride to be a Ghost Face Gangster and to be included as a Vanilla Gorilla.’
According to Christine, there are over 2000 members in the gang.
Right now, Georgia isn’t being looked on too kindly by people across the United States after the gubernatorial win by Brian Kemp that is questionable. Kemp’s win will forever be shadowed by allegations of voter suppression and racial targeting as Kemp refused to step down from his position as Secretary of State.
However, the actions of law enforcement should be applauded this time as they took down dangerous white supremacists, who will hopefully be headed toward life sentences in prison. Now, if we can just get everyone on board with the mission to take down white supremacy (looking at you Trump), America would be in a much better place.
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