TTPD arrests 7 in gang bust; warrant issued for eighth alleged gang member

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TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Texas Police Department (TTPD) says they have arrested seven suspects as part of an 18-month investigation into alleged criminal activity by the LCB/I-30 Cartel gang in the Texarkana area.

According to TTPD, the following have been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity for murder are:
– Courtney Hope, 33, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($1.21 million bond).
– Van Grissom, 34, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($1.2 million bond).
– Cedric Alexander, 21, Wall, MS – being held in Bowie County Jail ($1 million bond).
– Calvin Gardner, 31, Desoto, TX– being held in Bowie County Jail ($1.2 million bond).
– Cornell Brown, 30, Memphis, TN – being held in MCSO for Capital Murder in the Sept. 20, 2021, shooting death of Keith McFadden in Texarkana AR. A hold has been placed on him for the felony warrants issued for Texas incidents.

The following are being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery according to TTPD:

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– Courtney Hope
– Van Grissom
– Cedric Alexander
– Calvin Gardner
– Cornell Brown
– Vonquildric Abraham, 29, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($200,331 bond).
– Derial Greenwood, 34, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($80,000 bond).
– Courtney Williams, 32, Memphis, TN – in custody in Mississippi and awaiting extradition to Texas.

The arrests stem from the investigation into the murder of Jermaine Aldridge in the Chili’s Restaurant parking lot on Dec. 30, 2020. TTPD says they discovered it was a murder for hire plot. TTPD says they also eventually determined that murder was actually part of a much larger series of criminal acts by LCB/I-30 Cartel gang members.

According to TTPD, the LCB/I-30 Cartel gang was also involved in the shooting of a 35-year-old victim as he sat in a vehicle outside a business in the 1700 block of W. 3rd on July 15, 2021. This happened only minutes after another man was tied up inside his W. 16th Street home and robbed at gunpoint by several men, according to TTPD.

Texarkana Texas police also say they have obtained felony warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery late last week for 35-year-old Markeis Richardson of Texarkana, Texas. Anyone with information is asked to call the Texarkana Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Federal Bureau of Investigation among other law enforcement agencies are coordinating with the Texarkana Texas Police Department in these investigations.

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