Three members of a violent street gang face federal racketeering charges

By Steve Pope | August 7, 2018

Three Pittsburgh residents who federal prosecutors say are members of a violent street gang known as “11 Hunnit” have been charged with committing more than two dozen crimes since the group was organized in April of 2015.

Charged in the indictment that was unsealed today are Dionte Griffin, 22, Sydney Pack, 20, and Richard Kelly, 23, all of Pittsburgh.

The filing also references a person identified at “T.S.” who authorities allege was the gang’s leader. Based on information taken from public documents, as well as police sources, it is believed that “T.S.” is deceased Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo.

Wopo’s business manager has denied that Wopo was involved in any gang related activity.

According to the indictment, since April of 2015 the gang is responsible for three homicides, eight shootings and dozens of drug and firearms related crimes.  During one of the shootings on October 21, 2016, a seven-year-old boy was injured.

The indictment alleges that the mother of a gang member identified as “W.C.” purchased a handgun for him which was used in several shootings and then reported the gun stolen a week later.

The 11 Hunnit gang is primarily comprised of individuals from the 800 block of Memory Lane and the 300 block of Burrows Street in the Hill District, the indictment alleges.

Members of the gang were required to commit acts of violence to maintain membership and the gang funded their crimes by drug trafficking and robberies. In addition family members and friends of the gang members purchased weapons on their behalf, known as “Straw Purchasers,” which is illegal under federal law.

The indictment references four YouTube videos posted by a group member identified as “J.W.” but were made by Wopo which include “Chicky Talk,” What U Know,” “Rents Due” and “Patty Cake.” These rap videos include references to the group’s violent activities and feature appearances by 11 Hunnit gang members, including Pack and Griffin.

All three are currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail.  Griffin and Pack are scheduled to make their first court appearance Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell.  Kelly will make his initial appearance on September 11, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., before Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

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