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Gang leader indicted for robbing drug traffickers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Federal prosecutors say the head of the a Memphis gang has been indicted robbing narcotics traffickers.

James Earl McCracken, 27, of Memphis, Tennessee, was indicted by a federal grand jury for a violation of the Hobbs Act.

The Hobbs Act makes it a federal crime to commit a robbery that interferes with interstate commerce.

McCracken was the head governor of FAM Mob in Shelby County according to prosecutors.

According to the indictment, McCracken and FAM Mob members took part in robbing narcotics traffickers.

"It is alleged that on or about July 9, 2011, McCracken and others conspired to obstruct, delay, and affect interstate commerce by robbery – specifically, that McCracken and others robbed an individual engaged in narcotics trafficking. The indictment charges that this was a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951."

McCracken faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

There is no parole in the federal system.

7 comments

  • Skeptic

    So, a criminal robs another criminal and gets charged. This case will end up in a hung jury. The trafficker will not testify because they would incriminate themselves.

    • Earl

      What a joke to classify drug trafficking as interstate COMMERCE. I have much to say here but imma keep my mouth shut.

      • Pam

        It’s the only way they can figure to have control over drugs at all is to call it interstate commerce. Not just drugs either. Google WICKARD V FILBURN to read about another horrible ruling, you can’t even grow wheat on your own land, to use yourself, without it being interstate commerce! The feds are crazy man.

  • Maurice Gibb

    Stealing from drug dealers is “interfering with interstate commerce”?? Doesn’t the highway patrol have, like an entire battalion of men specially trained to interfere with interstate commerce?

    I bet he slides on that one.

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