Knox Prosecutors File RICO Charges Against Accused Gang Members

Knox County prosecutors have filed RICO charges against at least 10 men accused of running a cocaine operation through a gang, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. A grand jury delivered the 12-count presentment that maintains the men conspired with the Tree Top Piru Bloods to deliver 26 grams or more of cocaine, with several of the defendants also standing accused of killing a man last year. The case, set for trial Nov. 4 in Knox County Criminal Court, is just the second time the Knox County District Attorney General’s office has used racketeering laws to disrupt gang activity.

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