March 14, 2022 — The feds are probing legendary Chicago crime lord Larry Hoover’s business dealings, according to FBI sources and a Chicago Sun-Times report. The 71-year old Hoover founded and heads the wide-reaching Gangster Disciples street gang. Subpoenas from a sitting federal grand jury numbering close to two dozen were issued recently for 22 incorporated companies connected to Hoover, including his defense fund and several other community-enrichment centered businesses. The grand jury was first convened in 2020.
Hoover has been behind bars for going on a half-century, but the government contends he still calls shots on the street in the Windy City and beyond from his prison cell in the SuperMax facility in Florence, Colorado, where he is locked up 23 hours a day. Sources tell Gangster Report, the current set of subpoenas are part of a sprawling racketeering investigation into Hoover and GD affairs.</p>
Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber denied Hoover’s motion for a sentence reduction on his 1996 federal drug conviction. He was incarcerated in 1973 on a state murder charge out of Illinois. Hoover ordered the murder of William (Pookie) Young for stealing from the Gangster Disciples. Authorities believe Hoover is the most powerful African-American crime boss in the United States.
Hoover’s GDs began on Chicago’s Southside in the late 1960s and has since expanded around the country. The DEA places the number of GDs across the nation at 25,000-30,000, representing 14 different states. GD co-founder David Barksdale died of kidney failure in 1974.