South Dallas Street Gang Leaders Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Drug Charges Each Faces Life Imprisonment
DEC 5 -- Two leaders of a South Dallas street gang who, along with numerous others, were arrested in September on conspiracy, drug and firearms charges outlined in a 48-count federal indictment, pled guilty in federal court, United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced today.
Dallas resident Terrence Damon Randolph, a/k/a “Bo-Leg,” age 30, pled guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Paul Stickney to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine base. Randolph’s co-defendant, Kenneth George Ebanks, a/k/a “Bigs,” age 36, pled guilty two weeks ago to the same offense. Each faces a maximum statutory sentence of life imprisonment, and a $4 million fine. Both defendants, who have been in custody since their arrest in September, are scheduled to be sentenced on March 5, 2007, by United States District Judge Sam A. Lindsay.
Beginning in February 2004, Ebanks and Randolph, along with co-defendants Markeques Dewayne Linnear, Wendell Turner, Jimmy Wayne Frost, Apollo Lasalle Blake and others, agreed to and engaged in the distribution of cocaine base. In documents filed in court, Ebanks and Randolph admitted that on numerous occasions between February 2004 and the date of their arrests, they received quantities of powder cocaine from a local supply source. They both admitted that after receiving the cocaine, they, and others, would convert the cocaine powder into crack cocaine using a cooking procedure. Once the powder cocaine was converted into crack cocaine, Randolph would sell the crack cocaine to local distributors including Kenneth Ebanks. Ebanks admitted that once the powder cocaine was converted into crack cocaine, he and others would cut and package it for distribution. Ebanks and others sold the crack cocaine in South Dallas apartment units known as “traps,” such as the Delta Plaza Apartments, 2310 R.B. Cullum, Kaplan Court Apartments, 2205 J.B. Jackson and an apartment complex located at 3107 South Boulevard. Randolph sold cocaine from his residence at 506 High Street in Dallas and also used his residence to cook, package and store quantities of crack cocaine up until the date of his arrest.
Ebanks admitted that on May 11 and May 23, 2006, he sold 50 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover officer. Randolph admitted that on June 22, June 27 and August 16, 2006, he sold approximately 160 grams of crack cocaine to another person. When Randolph was arrested on September 22, 2006, he possessed an additional 100 grams of crack cocaine at his residence.
Randolph also admitted that proceeds he acquired through the sale of crack cocaine were sometimes used to produce musical compact discs on a record label called Stampede Records under the name “Bo-Leg.” Randolph used drug proceeds to produce rap songs that glorified the production and distribution of crack cocaine in Dallas and elsewhere.
U.S. Attorney Roper praised the investigative efforts of the Dallas Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Rick Calvert and Lisa J. Miller.