CHICAGO — Eight members of the Black Disciples street gang have been charged in a federal drug trafficking case, the FBI announced Friday.
The charges come on the tail end of an investigation that kicked off in 2010 as local, state and federal agencies teamed up to dismantle Chicago-area drug trafficking rings.
To date, the investigation has netted one handgun, 7 kilograms of powder cocaine, 1.3 kilograms of crack cocaine, 3.5 kilos of heroin, one car and $28,000 in cash, the Justice Department said.
Each suspect faces one count of distribution of a controlled substance — either for cocaine or heroin.
If convicted, the men's sentences could range from five years to life in prison. Maximum fines range from $1 million to $10 million.
Those charged with heroin distribution include:
• John "Dope Boy" Smith, 34, of the 3000 block of Bella Court in Lisle;
• Randy Porter, 37, of the 1300 block of North Stever Avenue in Peoria;
• Nigel "Niger" Webb, 36, of the 3100 block of West Monroe Street;
• Sylvester "Cool J" Hudson, 39, of the 2000 block of South Michigan Avenue;
• and Jethro Lacking, 37, of the 7100 block of South Green Street.
Those facing cocaine charges include:
• Tavares "Toot" Garrett, 34, of the 500 block of North Monticello Avenue;
• Darnell "Murder" McMiller, 28, of the 1600 block of West 78th Street;
• and Gerard "Keppis" Liles, 30, of the 2900 block of West Harrison Street — who alone remains a fugitive.
The FBI is conducting a nationwide manhunt for Liles.