Friday, September 27, 2013


Nine members of a violent street gang known as the Hobos were charged today in a federal racketeering case that involves narcotics trafficking, robberies and murders, including the 2006 slaying of a federal informant in the case. The five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges five murders, solicitation of a sixth murder, four attempted murders, three robberies and the operation of “drug spots” and “drug lines” on the city’s South Side among a pattern of criminal activity between 2004 and 2009
“Law enforcement has identified the Hobos as a tight-knit, violent crew that originated in the former Robert Taylor Homes and banded together from factions of the much larger Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples street gangs,” prosecutors said in a news release. “They allegedly targeted drug dealers and high-value targets to rob and relied upon each other to protect their drug territory, retaliate against rival gangs, and prevent witnesses from cooperating with law enforcement.”
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