KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee said that eight Knoxville and Chattanooga gang members were convicted by a federal jury for drug, firearm, and money laundering offenses after a joint investigation, according to KPD.
The defendants, identified as Alim Turner, 23, Ushery Stewart, 22, Ronald Turner, 25, Kedaris Gilmore, 23, Mahlon Prater Jr., 25, and Trevor Cox, 22, Jyshon Forbes, 27, all of Knoxville, and Demetrius Bibbs, 29, of Chattanooga are facing varying terms of imprisonment of up to life in prison and $10 million in fines, a press release stated.
KPD said that it is believed that they were involved in other violent criminal acts within the city limits of Knoxville, to potentially include homicides.
KPD's Criminal Investigations Division is asking for anyone with information regarding any of their involvement in other serious criminal offenses to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers.
East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, or via the free mobile app, P3 Tips. Tipsters will remain completely anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.