Four Months After DEA's "Operation Greedy Grove" Drugs and Gang Sweep, a Guilty Plea

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Back in September, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it had arrested several alleged members of "violent local street gangs," which included the Highland Hills Posse and the NFL Boyz. Among those snapped up during "Operation Greedy Grove" was 31-year-old Ronald Alexander, otherwise known as "Ron Don," who today pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ron Don faces somewhere between 10 years to life in prison, on top of which there could be as much as a $4 million fine in his future when U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis hands down his sentence in April. Says the U.S. Attorney's Office, the feds had pretty good evidence of Alexander's involvement with the gang:
Alexander is a documented member of the NFL Boyz, a violent street gang that operates in Dallas. According to testimony at his detention hearing, he appears in a DVD that was purchased by undercover Dallas police detectives during the investigation. In that DVD, Alexander and other NFL Boyz glorify the distribution of crack cocaine and other drugs in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas and also glorify violence against the police department. One of the rap songs on the DVD portrays dash board camera clips of police officers being assaulted.
The whole narrative follows.
MEMBER OF VIOLENT STREET GANG IN DALLAS, WHO WAS ARRESTED AS PART OF "OPERATION GREEDY GROVE," ADMITS ROLE IN CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY AND FACES UP TO LIFE IN PRISON

Defendant Appears in DVD Glorifying Crack Cocaine Distribution and Violence Against the Dallas Police Department

DALLAS -- Ronald Alexander, aka "Ron Don," pleaded guilty this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine), announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Alexander, 31, faces not less than 10 years or more than life in prison and up to a $4 million fine. Sentencing is set for April 13, 2011, before Judge Solis.

Alexander has been in custody since his arrest in early September 2010, as a result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, "Operation Greedy Grove," which targeted narcotics trafficking by violent, armed CRIP gang members in the Highland Hills and Pleasant Grove areas of Dallas. Alexander and co-defendants Rishard Lamond Young, 28; Marquinn Greer, 29; and Larry Taylor, 29; were charged in an 11-count indictment with the crack distribution conspiracy as well as 10 substantive counts of distribution of crack cocaine. Young and Taylor have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and are scheduled to be sentenced in March. Greer is scheduled to go on trial on February 7, 2010.

Alexander is a documented member of the NFL Boyz, a violent street gang that operates in Dallas. According to testimony at his detention hearing, he appears in a DVD that was purchased by undercover Dallas police detectives during the investigation. In that DVD, Alexander and other NFL Boyz glorify the distribution of crack cocaine and other drugs in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas and also glorify violence against the police department. One of the rap songs on the DVD portrays dash board camera clips of police officers being assaulted.

According to plea documents filed in the case, beginning in May 2007, Alexander, Young and Taylor agreed to and engaged in the distribution of crack cocaine. On numerous occasions, between May 2007 and the date of his arrest, Alexander received quantities of crack cocaine from Young, a local cocaine supply source. Alexander admitted that he routinely purchased ounce to multi-ounce quantities of crack cocaine from Young and then distributed the drugs to various customers. Alexander also purchased powder cocaine which he and others would then cook it into crack cocaine. Alexander sold various quantities of the drug to numerous customers using residences referred to as "traps."

Alexander admitted that during the course of his conspiracy, he distributed more than two kilograms of crack cocaine to various customers.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Dallas and Fort Worth Police Departments.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rick Calvert and Jennifer Tourje are prosecuting.

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