A former participant for the Las Vegas Raiders has been arrested together with seven different individuals as a part of an enormous human trafficking bust in Georgia.
Eric D. Johnson (to not be confused with the Grammy-nominated singer of the identical identify) had a promising NFL profession within the early 2000s. He performed for the Raiders from 2000 till 2003 earlier than shifting to the Atlanta Falcons in 2004 and settling in with the Arizona Cardinals in 2005. The ex-linebacker made a giant identify for himself in Tremendous Bowl XXXVII with a powerful play the place he blocked a punt and returned it for a landing in 2003.
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On the finish of his profession, Johnson moved to the Georgia Power area group in Gwinnett County — which is the place he’d ultimately be tied to some heinous crimes…
The 46-year-old was indicted earlier this month attributable to what legislation enforcement describe as “41 predicate and overt acts” that have been dedicated by a gang he was concerned with between October 2021 and July of final yr, in keeping with Legal professional Basic Chris Carr in a press launch from earlier this month. The gang, generally known as Final One To Take Over (LOTTO) or the 30%, maintained its energy via violence and different means. Johnson is believed by prosecutors to have engaged in human trafficking of 4 girls and one underage woman as a frontrunner within the operation.
The full of eight individuals who have been arrested, six males and two girls, spent all their earnings from the trafficking on new weapons and different property associated to the gang. And these persons are going through a LOT of expenses — which embody trafficking of individuals for sexual servitude, violation of the road gang terrorism and prevention act, conspiracy to violate the racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations act (RICO), aggravated assault, and kidnapping.
Carr mentioned later within the launch that Georgia’s human trafficking and gang prosecution models are regular on the job to guard the individuals of their neighborhood:
“All through our state, gangs are actively engaged in human trafficking as a main means to generate income, and we’re utilizing all out there sources to struggle again and defend our most weak. By combining the strengths of our Human Trafficking and Gang Prosecution Models, we’re working to make sure that those that lead, promote, and encourage this illegal exercise are vigorously pursued and held accountable for his or her actions. This indictment is simply the most recent consequence in our ongoing efforts to maintain our kids and our households protected as we search to root out violent crime wherever it happens.”
It’s unclear if Johnson or any of the others arrested have entered a plea.
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