1st of 16 indicted Gangster Disciples pleads guilty

December 29, 2016 GMT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the first of 16 alleged members of the Gangster Disciples who were indicted in May on racketeering charges has pleaded guilty.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Jackson said Wednesday that 37-year-old Daniel Lee Cole, also known as “D-Money,” ordered acts of violence against gang members, issued operational orders and sold drugs for the Gangster Disciples.

Prosecutors say Cole acknowledged in a plea agreement that he was a past governor of the so-called “731 region,” which included Jackson. Cole entered a guilty plea under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Authorities say the Gangster Disciples are a highly-organized street gang that operates in more than 35 states and is responsible for violent acts and large-scale drug and firearm distribution.