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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Gangster Disciples Enforcer Sentenced for Committing Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering, Drug and Firearms Violations

Jackson, TN – Dontoreus Douglas, a/k/a "D.T.," 32, was sentenced to 280 months in federal prison for attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity; discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, in 2009, Dontoreus Douglas became a member of the street gang and criminal enterprise known as the Gangster Disciples. The Gangster Disciples enterprise has a highly organized structure with nationwide reach, active in 35 states. In 2012, Douglas committed attempted murders for the purpose of gaining entrance to or maintaining or increasing position within the Gangster Disciples. As a member of the "Blackout Squad," he held the rank of Chief of Security/Enforcer.

On June 12, 2012, officers with the Jackson Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Jackson, Tennessee in response to gun shots. Officers found that a victim had been shot twice and they observed approximately thirty-five bullet holes in a vehicle. Investigators found thirty 7.62 caliber round casings and twenty-six .223 caliber round casings in an area across the street.

On February 27, 2013, investigators received information about narcotics being sold from a residence, known as the "Compound", the Gangster Disciples headquarters. Law enforcement were familiar with this area. Investigators searched the apartment and discovered a loaded AK-style rifle that utilized 7.62 caliber rounds and drugs and gang paraphernalia, as well as receipts belonging to the defendant. Agents with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives laboratory determined that the rifle found at the apartment was the same rifle that fired all thirty rounds of 7.62 caliber rounds recovered from the scene of the June 12, 2012 shooting.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) laboratory located in Atlanta, Georgia, did NIBIN testing on the weapon found in Douglas’ possession. NIBIN, or the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, is an ATF led program that is used to link violent criminals to the violent crimes they commit by using the firearms they possess or use. The NIBIN program allows law enforcement to leverage technology to assist local agencies, such as the Jackson Police Department, to solve violent crimes. NIBIN is not only instrumental in Jackson, Tennessee, but also in other parts of the country where the criminal element uses firearms to commit crimes of violence.

On June 3, 2016, after investigating a suspicious freight container delivered at a local Jackson business, it was picked up by Douglas and contained marijuana. Officers further discovered that the defendant also possessed a loaded pistol and a smaller amount of cocaine and heroin.

On October 18, 2019, U.S. District Court Chief Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced Douglas to 280 months in federal prison followed by 4 years supervised release.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Dismantlement of criminal gangs is a top priority of the Department of Justice, and this case represents the collaborative efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement to target and remove a significant violent participant and leader in the Gangster Disciples organization. ‘D.T.’ will now serve a sentence of over 23 years in federal prison for his violent and drug crimes. We are taking the fight to the gangs in West Tennessee, and we are relentless in our resolve."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Jackson Police Department's Gang Enforcement Unit and the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit investigated this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Beth Boswell and Hillary Lawler Parham prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Contact: 
Cherri Green Public Affairs (901) 544-4231 Cherri.Green@usdoj.gov
Updated October 22, 2019