The Chicago Black P-Stones Nation is at the center of a major legal investigation named “Operation Full Circle.”
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, investigators targeted members of the Black P-Stones Nation and the Wicked Town faction of the Traveling Vice Lords.
According to prosecutors, indictments in the case range from federal gun, drug, and money laundering offenses, as well as murder-for-hire charges.
Prosecutors stated that the operation led to the seizure of 34 guns, 6.7 kilograms of heroin, 17 kg of cocaine, more than a kilogram of fentanyl, 50 grams of crack cocaine, 200 pounds of marijuana and more than $1.3 million in cash and jewelry allegedly purchased with drug money.
Those indicted on charges include James Harris, 51, of Berkley; Patrick Turner, 52, of Bellwood; Gregory Hopkins, 50, of Chicago; Larnell Pillow, 51, of Chicago; Rickey Griffin, 51, of South Holland; Eric Berger, 53, of Chicago; and Reginald Richmond, 29, of Sunrise Terrace.
All of these individuals are being charged in a single indictment that accuses them of distributing wholesale quantities of heroin and cocaine on the city’s West Side.
A news conference is slated to be held today with U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch Jr., Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, and the leaders the Chicago offices of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
We will stay on top of this as more details are made available.