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Gangster Disciple Sentenced to 12 ½ Years for Selling Crack Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Jackson, TN – A Jackson man has been sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine. D. Michael Dunavant, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, in January 2016, the Jackson Police Department Special Operations Division (Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics and JPD Gang Enforcement Unit) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, initiated an undercover investigation of 34-year-old Terrence Whiteside. The defendant, whose nickname is "Trouble," was a known member of the Gangster Disciples street gang.

Between January 2016 and February 2016, law enforcement did three controlled buys of cocaine base (crack) from Whiteside. They purchased a total of 29.45 grams of crack cocaine. On May 11, 2016, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Jackson, Tennessee. Officers also had an active arrest warrant for Whiteside at the time for the prior narcotic purchases. At the home, they found 6.9 grams of crack and 52.9 grams of marijuana. They also located Gangster Disciple documentation, including the gang’s by-laws. Officers seized four vehicles, three televisions, digital scales, 11 cell phones and $963 in cash. Whiteside was on parole for two prior state felony narcotic convictions at the time he was selling the crack and at the time of the search warrant.

While imposing the 151-month sentence, U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen also ordered Whiteside to serve a 3-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.

The case was investigated by Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, Jackson Police Department Gang Enforcement Unit, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth C. Boswell prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated September 28, 2017