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11 Vice Lord gang members among 17 indicted

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Authorities say 11 Vice Lord gang members are among 17 people indicted on drug and firearms charges in Middle Tennessee.

According to the indictment released Monday, the object of the drug distribution conspiracy included the acquisition of large quantities of controlled substances, including, but not limited to, cocaine and marijuana.

Authorities say there were also actual and attempted acts of violence including murder, attempted murder, and assault to protect the gang's criminal operations.

Those charged with conspiracy to possess, with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine, and marijuana are identified as: Jessie Lee Allen aka "Jeezy," 24, of Lebanon, TN; James Bean aka "Little Mighty," 27, of Decherd, TN; Brad Eliot Benedict aka "Kinfolk," 34, of Lebanon; Jeffery Jermaine Benson aka "Black," 28, of Lebanon; Marcus Antwan Carey aka "Forty," 31, of Lebanon; Ricky Fenn aka ‘Halfbreed," 27, of Lebanon; Cameron Vintez Hastings aka "Cat Dig," 26, of Lebanon; Jermaine L. Jackson aka "Blue," 34, of Lebanon; Charles Houston Mount, Jr. Aka "C-Red," 29, of Murfreesboro, TN; Corey Dregis Neal aka "Big Real," 40, of Lebanon; Raytheon Tyeaze Neal aka "Rathy," 27, of Lebanon; Christopher Nicholson aka "Chris Lopez," 34, of Nashville; Sterling Reneva Rivers aka "Little Real," 24, of Lebanon; Monique Smith aka "Money," 40, of Cookeville, TN; Orlando Steverson aka "C-Nut," 29, of Lebanon; and Maurice Thompson aka "Reese," 24, of Nashville.

Allen, Bean, Benson, Mount and Rivers were also indicted on related federal firearms charges.

If convicted, these individuals face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Kevin Dwayne Thompson aka "Clump," 25, of Murfreesboro, was indicted on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Benson and Rivers remain at large.

"It's obviously extraordinarily disruptive when you take 17 individuals off the streets and put
them in federal custody and hopefully cease their opportunity to commit these types of crimes,"
said U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin.

According to the indictment, the object of the conspiracy included, among others, the acquisition of large quantities of controlled substances, including, but not limited to, cocaine, and marijuana, for distribution in Middle Tennessee.

The manner in which the conspiracy was conducted included actual and attempted acts of violence including murder, attempted murder, and assault to protect the gang's criminal operations. The indictment also alleges that members of the conspiracy and their associates robbed rival drug dealers of controlled substances and proceeds derived from the sale of controlled substances, promoted a climate of fear through violence and threats of violence and used and threatened to use physical violence against various individuals.

The investigation was a joint operation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lebanon Police Department, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, the Sparta Police Department, the Cookeville Police Department, the White County Sheriff's Office, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

"Friday's arrest should be a wakeup call for gang members in Davidson, Wilson and Putnam
counties who use the I-40 corridor as their personal playpen," FBI Agent Keith Moses said.

Copyright 2011 WSMV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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