Dekalb County, GA — A former Dekalb County police officer, Vancito Gumbs has been listed in a 55-page indictment after an internal investigation found that he had killed people while acting as a hitman.
Gumbs, along with dozens of other suspects have been named in a federal indictment as suspected members of the Gangster Disciples — an infamous gang that spreads from coast to coast.
According to U.S. Attorney John Horn, who is heading up the indictment, the violent gang began in Chicago in the 1970s, and now operates as a massive criminal enterprise in 24 states — with a large presence in Georgia.
Members of the gang are accused of holding positions in the criminal enterprise in numerous states, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Indiana and South Carolina, according to Horn.
According to the indictment, some of the gang members have been caught bragging about their presence in police departments.
Gumbs is apparently one of those cops.
According to Dekalb County investigators, Gumbs admitted to killing people as a hitman for the gang as well as provided gang members with information about police activities to keep them out of trouble.
The internal affairs investigation began last year after several people came forward and described seeing Gumbs in a local sports bar doing lines of cocaine with a suspected gang member, identified only as “King.”
In the audio recording of the investigation, Gumbs is initially heard denying the fact that he did cocaine and only says that he witnessed “King” do it.
“I met a guy named King,” he said. “I close the car door, and sure enough, he’s taking a hit of the cocaine. With the dome lights on and everything. I immediately snap out. Like, ‘Dude.’ But as far as me doing it with him – no.”
However, only a few minutes later he admits to doing it.
“Truthfully, I did,” Gumbs admits. “I did do some of the narcotics. Yes, I did.”
“How much? One line? Two lines?” asks the interviewer.
“I did about two,” replies Gumbs.
“Two bumps or what?” asks the interviewer.
“Two bumps, yeah,” replied Gumbs.
As the investigation proceeded, Gumbs eventually resigned amidst the allegations — a typical move by cops used to escape accountability when facing potential legal ramifications.
However, based on the evidence investigators already have, it is unlikely that Gumbs will come out of this unscathed.
While investigators have yet to release the audio of Gumbs admitting to the killings, according to the indictment, Gumbs did admit to killing multiple individuals for the gang. The investigation quotes Gumbs while he’s accused of travelling with another defendant, to “take care of GD business.”
Gumbs and the other defendants now stand accused of murder, attempted murder, robbery, extortion and arson as well as drug trafficking and financial fraud as the three-year-long investigation comes to an end.
Cops being members of national and international criminal gangs is not an isolated incident.
Earlier this year, the Free Thought Project reported on the case of Houston Police Officer Noe Jaurez. Caught on video illegally selling assault rifles and sensitive information to undercover informants, Jaurez has also been accused of secretly working for Los Zetas cartel in a drug trafficking conspiracy in operation since 2006.
Although the cop allegedly provided the cartel with firearms, bulletproof vests, luxury vehicles, police scanners, and database access, recently filed court documents revealed at least two convicted cocaine traffickers are cooperating with the government against the disgraced cop.
Last year, videos surfaced of Juarez illegally selling firearms and sensitive information to government informants posing as major drug traffickers. In March 2011, a hidden camera recorded Juarez selling assault rifles to an informant. A second video recorded in July 2011 revealed Juarez running license plates through the Houston Police Department (HPD) database for an undercover informant who told the cop that the plate numbers belonged to people who owed him $800,000 in drug money.
What these two cases illustrate is the notion that positions of power often attract society’s worst. Even if they have good intentions going in, the temptation to abuse their authority often overrides common sense and decency.
Where the corruption was once the exception to the rule, we are quickly realizing John Dalberg-Acton’s famous phrase, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely in such manner that great men are almost always bad men.”
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