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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Indianapolis gang members indicted on federal racketeering charges

The “MOB Gang” allegedly responsible for a number of area pharmacy robberies taking prescription narcotics for street sale

PRESS RELEASE

Indianapolis--United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, today announced the indictment of nine individuals in an investigation into an Indianapolis street gang known as The Mob. The indictment charges six of these defendants with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office used in 2013 to successfully prosecute members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

“Today’s defendants made a living terrorizing the citizens of Indianapolis by robbing local pharmacies, then selling the drugs on the street,” said Minkler. “Their reign of terror is over and now face the hammer of federal law enforcement.”

The indictment alleges that members of The Mob robbed numerous Indianapolis-area pharmacies and distributed the stolen prescription drugs on the street. The indictment alleges that members of The Mob committed at least twenty-four pharmacy robberies from December 2014 through June 2016. The Mob, which operated near the area of 40th and Boulevard Place in Indianapolis, commonly robbed opiate prescription drugs, including OxyContin, Percocet, and Roxicodone, which could be illegally sold on the street for up to $15 per tablet. In many of the robberies, thousands of pills and tablets were stolen.

The indictment further alleges the gang used violence and the threat of violence to protect their territory through the use of social media. Members of the gang followed a code of silence (COS) forbidding members from providing information to law enforcement about their illegal activities. Members who violated the COS were met with threats of violence.

Members of The Mob enterprise secured accomplices for the robberies from a particular pool of individuals, some included members of the gang and lower-level associates known as “peons.” Soon after the robberies, members of the gang would upload boastful posts on social media of their crimes and advertise the stolen drugs for street sale.

Those arrested include:

Larry Warren, a/k/a Bayboy, 19

Miguel Chambers,a/k/a Mick, 20

Kye Jackson, a/k/a Fatty, 22

Anthony Jackson, a/k/a Ace, 19

Devon Taylor, 20

Alphonse Turner, a/k/a Weezy, 24

Justin Rudolph, 23

John Doe, a/k/a Toro, Tote

Fugitive:

Duwan Byers, a/k/a Rockhead, 21

juveniles were also arrested, but their names are being withheld until formal adult charges are filed.

Minkler further stated his office has prosecuted 35 defendants for pharmacy robberies at 62 pharmacies in and around Marion County and Central Indiana.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the Bloomington, Indiana Police Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

“Because of the collective law enforcement work of our federal partners and IMPD, we have taken some extremely dangerous individuals off of the streets of Indianapolis,” said Chief Bryan Roach. “The allegations detailed in the charging documents are examples of the investigative focus on violence in Indianapolis. We are appreciative of the collective impact that allows such success.”

Updated May 23, 2017