Three People from Cape Girardeau Arrested With Four Other People on Racketeering Charges

Four people from Southeast Missouri were arrested, along with three others, on federal racketeering charges.

The seven are alleged members of the violent Gangster Disciples gang, including top national and state leaders. Sean Clemon, 50, of Cape Girardeau, an alleged Governor, is charged with RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering among other charges. Dominique Maxwell, 28, of Cape Girardeau, an alleged Assistant Governor was arrested on the same charges along with 29 year old Perry Harris. Barry Boyce, 44, of Charleston, an alleged member of the gang, was charged with RICO conspiracy.  The three other people who were arrested were identified as Frank Smith, 47, of Naperville Illinois, Warren Griffin, 51, of Lancaster Kentucky and Anthony, Dobbins, 53, of Troy, Illinois.  The case was unsealed on Monday, January 25 in the U.S. District court for the Southern District of Illinois. Court documents say the Gangster Disciples are a violent gang with a decades-long history of lawlessness and a presence throughout the United States, including in state and federal prisons. They were found in the 1960s. The gang uses a structured hierarchy, with leadership positions such as national Board Members and state Governors. Among the list of violent crimes alleged in the indictment, are two gang-related murders. Court documents say that on April 28, 2018, Clemon, Maxwell and Harris, on orders from Smith, allegedly killed Leroy Allen as part of a leadership dispute at a Gangster Disciples meeting in Bridgeton, Missouri. On May 18, 2018, Griffin and Dobbins allegedly killed Ernest Wilson, a rival “Board Member, in Chicago. Other incidents alleged as part of the conspiracy include a nightclub stabbing in East St. Louis, Illinois a nonfatal shooting in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and multiple unsuccessful murder plots. The indictment also alleged various acts of drug trafficking by Gangster Disciples members, including an ongoing scheme to smuggle the synthetic drug K2 into Missouri state prisons.

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