West Side drug dealer gets life prison term

Chicago Sun-Times,  Sep 23, 1999  by Molly Sullivan 

A high-ranking member of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang, who also was an officer on the now-defunct Dixmoor Park District police force, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for overseeing a multimillion-dollar drug operation on Chicago's West Side.

U.S. District Judge George W. Lindberg gave Terry Young, 34, the maximum sentence.

Young's attorney, Allan Ellis, had asked for leniency, saying the former Republican committeeman had done much for the community, including starting a basketball league at the Chicago Housing Authority's Henry Horner Homes.

Young's co-defendant in the drug conspiracy case, Mark Cox, also known as Anthony Prince, 25, was given a life sentence Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Hersh said Young and Cox ran a huge drug operation that netted millions of dollars from 1992 until their arrests in 1997.

They were convicted in April after a 10-week trial. Testimony showed they worked at times with corrupt Chicago police officers from the Austin District who were accused of shaking down undercover agents posing as drug dealers.

Cox was ordered to pay $15,000 restitution from money he'll earn at his prison job, Hersh said.