By Itoro Umontuen
There were 26 people arrested in connection to gang-related activity in metro Atlanta; many incidents are connected to well-known celebrities in the city, according to the Fulton District Attorney on Monday.
Fulton County DA Fani Willis, announced that her office will bring RICO charges against the “Drug Rich Gang.”
The gang has been implicated in burglaries and home invasions that involve the following celebrities: Calvin Ridley, wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, Brad Guzan, goalkeeper for Atlanta United, Marlo Hampton, reality star on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, GRAMMY-award winning singer Mariah Carey, and Brittni Mealy, a social media star who has a child with rapper Future.
“I will not negotiate with gang members,” Willis said in a Monday afternoon press conference. “We’re going to find you and send you to prison and I’m not apologizing for that.”
Willis later said of the growing questions surrounding the usage of rap lyrics in the prosecution of violent crimes, “I think if you decide to admit your crimes over a beat, I’m going use it.”
The 200-page indictment details incidents started in 2018 involving suspected Drug Rich Gang members. Several face RICO charges. Willis says it’s done to speed up the justice process.
Willis said members of the Drug Rich Gang utilize prescription bottles and money symbols in jewelry and tattoos. She added that the gang is a hybrid organization, including Gangster Disciples (GDs) and Bloods.
They primarily operate in DeKalb County, according to the office. The indictment lists crimes going back to 2018, and the gang itself has been documented by the office since 2016.