Twenty-six suspects, all suspected members of the Drug Rich Gang, have been charged in connection with a series of high-profile robberies that took place at the homes of celebrities in the greater Atlanta area.
On Monday, August 29, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced that her office had filed charges against 26 suspected gang members under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The individuals are accused of using social media to target their victims — including Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mariah Carey and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton, as well as non-celebrities.
Willis and her office brought down this group using social media, a tool that has become very useful to the authorities. The crimes included attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, theft by receptionist, terrorist threats, false detention and more than 16 separate incidents since 2017, a 220-page indictment revealed.
Prosecutors said the gang targeted at least six homes in 2022, including that of a high-profile Instagram influencer on March 27, Carey’s Sandy Springs home on June 27 and Hampton’s home on July 1. Reportedly, members of Drug Rich primarily operate out of DeKalb County and are a hybrid Crips-Bloods gang.
“Where it’s kind of fun to show off your stuff on social media, unfortunately these gangs have gotten more sophisticated, more adept at how they target victims,” Willis said in an Aug. 29 news conference. “But like you’ve gotten smarter, so have we.”
Reports also indicated that some of the evidence against the gang included lyrics from songs they posted on social media.
Willis read out the phrases, “Me and my crew strike all in black,” “Send me the drop, we’ll kick the house,” and “If we steal a car, we’ll take the tag off,” which prosecutors said was evidence for an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.
Willis sent a clear message to those who may be thinking of committing crimes in the county during her statement: “If you thought Fulton was a good county to take your crime there, take your violence there, you got yourself wrong.”
https://atlantablackstar.com/2022/09/01/26-alleged-gang-members-arrested-in-connection-to-home-invasions-involving-mariah-carey-marlo-hampton-and-more/ 26 suspected gang members arrested in connection with home burglary involving Mariah Carey, Marlo Hampton and more