Detroit Gang Members Indicted After Bragging On Social Media
“If u ever talk down about smokecamp yo life will be shorter,” an alleged Detroit gang member wrote in a July 26 post on Facebook.
He was an alleged member of the Smokescreen gang, an East Side criminal organization that reportedly sold narcotics out of gas stations and cell phone stores.
But he, and a dozen other reputed gang members, learned an important lesson today: What you say on social media could come back to haunt you.
On November 8, 2017, a total of 13 suspected gang members were indicted for racketeering and accused of operating a violent drug trafficking network that operated in at least four states, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Unfortunately for Smokescreen, it was their careless social media posts that caught the attention of federal agents.
In a March 23 Facebook post, one of the alleged gang members wrote, “served my first bag on runyon” along with an image of himself standing in front of a gas station.
And from January 7–10, one of the indicted men inquired on social media if anyone was planning a robbery he could partake in.
Now the reputed gang members will face the music for their unchecked social media habits.
But Smokescreen isn’t the only Detroit area gang to get nailed for having big mouths online.
In September 2015, eight members of the Band Crew organization were busted after leaving cyber crumbs for law enforcement officers to follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The gang reportedly engaged in home invasions, shoot outs, and attempted murders.
It was also comprised of smaller criminal networks such as Young N Crispy and Constantly Making Hundreds.
And in Northwest Detroit, fourteen members of the Playboy Gangster Crips (PGC) network were indicted on October 5 after — you guessed it — talking about their criminality on social media sites.
One of the alleged PGC members tried to sell an AK-47 on Facebook for $200, while another one flat out admitted “we shoot, steal and rob.”
All told, today’s indictment of over a dozen alleged gang members serves as a stern reminder to gang leaders to monitor their subordinates’ social media activity.
And should encourage law enforcement officials to divert more resources into monitoring and analyzing gang activity on social media where, as one Chicago outreach worker put it, “all the beef starts.”