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Feds indict two inmates said to be Vice Lords

Friday, March 9, 2012

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Hampton
o Marshall County Jail inmates have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Nashville on drug charges and the sheriff reports they've been identified as members of the Vice Lords, a Chicago gang that started in the 1950s.

Wayne "June-B" Hampton Jr., 45, whose address was listed as 315 College St., was already being held on drug related charges. Jikinte Lashane "Kinte" Morris, 33, reportedly of 1435 Meridian St., Nashville, had been convicted on drug charges, but was taken into custody on a parole violation.

"They're members of the Vice Lords," Sheriff Norman Dalton said Wednesday evening. "They've been identified by other law enforcement agencies."

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MORRIS
The Vice Lords have been the subject of various academic and law enforcement studies. A variety of Internet Web sites report their symbols include a five-pointed star, the Playboy bunny head, and a similar rabbit wearing a hat while seated on a throne. The gang is traced back to an ex-con who started the Vice Lords as a street crew and its criminal affiliations are said to be in many of the big cities of the U.S. including Memphis. To read the rest of the story pick up a copy of the Marshall County Tribune!