AceShowbiz - Georgia-based stars may feel a little safer now. A 220-count indictment has been issued against alleged gang members who have been targeting celebrities in the Atlanta area. Twenty-six people of the Drug Rich gang face allegations that include kidnapping, home invasion, shootings and armed robbery over the series of crimes that also victimized social media influencers.
The "hybrid" Drug Rich gang, with members reportedly connected to the Bloods, Crips and Gangster Disciples, originated in 2016. They kicked off their robbery spree in 2018 with a carjacking, according to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
The gang members are believed to be responsible for the robbery of Mariah Carey's home back in July, while the singer was spending time in a $20 million mansion in the Hamptons. Other stars targeted by the gang allegedly included Atlanta Falcons' Calvin Ridley, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Marlo Hampton and Atlanta United soccer player Brad Guzan.
The gang members used social media to identify potential victims by the wealth they flaunted. "What they did was target people who showed their wealth on social media," said Willis during a news conference steamed by 11 Alive News, before sending message to the public, "Where it is kind of fun to put your things on social media and show off, unfortunately these gangs are becoming more savvy, more sophisticated in the way that they target you."
In some instances, those gang members allegedly bragged about their crimes on hip-hop songs. "You do not get to commit crimes in my county and then decide to brag on it, which you do that for a form of intimidation and to further the gang and not be held responsible," Willis warned the suspects. "I have some legal advice: don't confess to crimes on rap lyrics if you do not want them used. Or at least get out of my county."
"We are going to find you, we are going to convict you and we're gonna send you to prison for the rest of your days," she vowed. "And I'm not apologizing for that."