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Friday, 19 February 2010

John Brown was a Gangster Disciples "governor" and major Englewood cocaine supplier.


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John Brown was a Gangster Disciples "governor" and major Englewood cocaine supplier.
And Thursday, Brown, 38, pleaded guilty to drug charges.Brown's 2007 arrest was an outgrowth of a task force created after then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and other leaders met in 2006 about killings in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, said Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
ATF agents interviewed Brown's 69-year-old father, Buck Fields, who said his son had supplied him with crack cocaine for about two years. Fields said he sold the drugs for about $200 a week.Fields, who also faces drug charges, later recanted his statement, but ATF had other evidence: Brown sold crack to an informant who secretly recorded the deals.Ahern said the case illustrates how gang kingpins hide drug profits in real estate and businesses such as Beautiful Imagez, a salon Brown opened on the South Side in 2005.Brown also used drug cash to buy three homes the government has seized, Ahern said.In 2008, Brown's attorney, Beau Brindley, unsuccessfully argued that his client should be freed on bond to earn a living as a "hairdresser."
"Without this job, Mr. Brown would be completely unable to support himself and entirely dependent upon his family and friends," Brindley said.But the ATF accused Brown of selling two of his homes to sham buyers for a fraction of the properties' total value of about $370,000.Brown planned to have those buyers put up the properties as collateral for bail to get him out of jail, officials said.


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