Gang boss, 7 others face drug charges

By Jeff Coen
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 3, 2007

A leading member of the Gangster Disciples street gang was among eight people charged in a federal drug conspiracy case that targeted narcotics sales in the West Pullman neighborhood, authorities announced Wednesday.

Victor Thompson, known on the street as "Old Man," was identified in an affidavit as being a high-ranking member of the gang.

"Thompson has been reported to be a board member in the gang hierarchy, and is believed to control a portion of the narcotics activities for the Gangster Disciples in Chicago," states the affidavit by Fernando Cervantes, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Thompson, 46, and co-defendant Shawn Denton, 28, both of Chicago, are "high-volume crack cocaine traffickers," according to the affidavit.

Attorneys for the men could not be reached for comment. The defendants are expected to appear in Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Thursday.

Investigators listened in on phone conversations to track the ring's moves, authorities said, and Chicago police posed as customers. One person who cooperated made 30 drug buys as part of the probe, officials said.

Thompson allegedly ran the operation and controlled street taxes around 116th Street and Stewart Avenue on the South Side, officials said.

Also charged Wednesday were Herbert Taylor, known as "Gigga Man;" Ondray McKnight; Darryl Edwards, known as "Top Flite;" Andre and Caroline Sparkman; and Millard Morrow.

Each person charged could face life in prison, prosecutors said.