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October 30, 1986 | Associated Press
Four members of the El Rukn street gang were indicted today on federal weapons charges for allegedly offering to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States in exchange for money from Libya. Charged in the conspiracy are El Rukn leader Jeff Fort, imprisoned in Texas on a drug conviction, Melvin Mayes, Alan Knox and Trammel Davis. Knox and Davis were arrested Aug. 5 after a raid on the gang's headquarters that yielded more than 30 weapons, including a light anti-tank weapon.
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October 28, 1989 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities, conducting raids in eight states, delivered what they hoped would be the "death blow" Friday to Chicago's notorious El Rukn Nation crime organization, indicting 65 members on charges that included murder, kidnaping, racketeering and possession and sale of narcotics.
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October 28, 1989 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities, conducting raids in eight states, delivered what they hoped would be the "death blow" Friday to Chicago's notorious El Rukn Nation crime organization, indicting 65 members on charges that included murder, kidnaping, racketeering and possession and sale of narcotics.
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October 30, 1986 | Associated Press
Four members of the El Rukn street gang were indicted today on federal weapons charges for allegedly offering to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States in exchange for money from Libya. Charged in the conspiracy are El Rukn leader Jeff Fort, imprisoned in Texas on a drug conviction, Melvin Mayes, Alan Knox and Trammel Davis. Knox and Davis were arrested Aug. 5 after a raid on the gang's headquarters that yielded more than 30 weapons, including a light anti-tank weapon.
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April 30, 1991 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors have begun hearing testimony in the first in a series of trials that federal prosecutors say should be the coup de grace to an organization that once had seemed all but unstoppable. For a quarter of a century, the El Rukn Nation, under one name or another, has ruled large swaths of Chicago's South Side through violence and intimidation.
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November 7, 1986
Two members of El Rukns, a drug-dealing street gang with an avowed allegiance to Islam, pleaded innocent in Chicago to federal charges of conspiring with the Libyan government to attack U.S. targets. Four members of the El Rukns, including the gang's imprisoned leader, Jeff Fort, 39, were indicted last week on weapons and conspiracy charges. The men are charged with contacting representatives of Libya and offering to perform acts of violence.
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August 4, 1985 | From Associated Press
Here is a list of victims and survivors of the crash of Delta Air Lines Flight 191 as provided by the airline, hospital officials and family members. The name of one victim is not included pending notification of relatives. Killed on the ground: Mayberry, William; Vicksburg, Miss. Passengers, known dead: Ageloff, Scott; Miami. Anderson, Carrie; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Anderson, Curtis; Fort Lauderdale. Bailie, Ronald; San Fernando Valley. Banner, Ms. T.; San Francisco.
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November 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Five members of the notorious El Rukn street gang were found guilty Tuesday of conspiring to blow up airplanes and U.S. government buildings as part of a terrorism-for-hire scheme to obtain $2.5 million from Libya. A U.S. District Court jury returned the verdict after six days of deliberation. El Rukn leader Jeff Fort and co-defendants Leon McAnderson, Reico Cranshaw, Alan Knox and Roosevelt Hawkins had contended that El Rukn is a religious organization.
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December 30, 1987
Five members of Chicago's El Rukn street gang were sentenced in Chicago to prison for conspiring in a terrorism-for-hire scheme to get $2.5 million from Libya. The government said the group never did commit any terrorist acts. Gang chief Jeff Fort, 40, sat impassively as U.S. District Judge Charles R. Norgle sentenced him to 80 years in prison and fined him $255,000, saying, "You were clearly the leader of the organization." Fort and the four others were convicted Nov.
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September 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
A businessman and six reputed leaders of the El Rukn street gang were convicted by a federal jury Sunday of taking part in a murderous conspiracy to distribute drugs in Chicago. "This trial took out the day-to-day street leaders, the most violent people," Assistant U.S. Atty. William Hogan said. "We eliminated the entire upper echelon of the El Rukn organization."
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October 31, 1986 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Members of a notorious Chicago street gang were accused by the Justice Department on Thursday of conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States, including attacks against government buildings, in exchange for money from the Libyan government. Federal officials say members of the El Rukns--a black gang of several hundred members who call themselves Sunni Muslims--allegedly contacted Libyan agents last March, offering to act as mercenaries.
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