NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An alleged leader of the violent Gangster Disciples, a criminal enterprise that reportedly controlled gang activity nationwide is finally captured in Jefferson Parish. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Shauntay Lamarr Craig was picked up Sunday night, September 18, 2016 at a home in the 1200 block of Michael Street in Marrero.
The FBI says the 38-year-old suspect, who was on the FBI's most wanted list was apprehended without incident by FBI New Orleans SWAT and the New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force without incident. Craig, with a last known address of Birmingham, Alabama, and with ties to Missouri, Denver/Aurora, Colorado, and Conyers, Georgia will await extradition back to Atlanta, Georgia.
Craig was wanted for his alleged involvement in criminal activities related to his alleged role as a "Board Member", a position of national leadership, within the Gangster Disciples. Since 2009, the FBI says Craig is reported to have held a high rank in the organization controlling gang activity nationwide. The Gangster Disciples, as a whole, are allegedly believed to be responsible for numerous murders and robberies. The FBI also says the gang allegedly engaged in extortion plots and drug/narcotics trafficking throughout the United States.
"The FBI and its many law enforcement partners have undertaken the arduous task of dismantling this dangerous and violent national street gang known as the Gangster Disciples", said George Couch, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Atlanta Division. "With an extensive series of federal indictments and ensuing arrests, we feel that we have made significant progress toward this goal. Taking down the leadership of such an organization is, however, imperative and the arrest of Shauntay Craig brings us even closer to our objectives."
Craig, along with forty-nine other alleged gang members, were indicted on April 28, 2016 by a federal grand jury in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, located in Atlanta, Georgia, and in the Western District of Tennessee, located in Memphis, Tennessee, on federal Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act (RICO) charges. Craig was the only indicted gang member from this group that eluded apprehension.