9 men arrested in 'gang' raids includes father of 4-year-old killed in drive-by shooting

Officers at scene of warrant search on Babcock Road on Friday, November 17, 2017. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

SAN ANTONIO - This is 4-year-old De Earlivion "Earl" Whitley, we told you about his tragic death in July. Earl was asleep in his bed, when bullets were sprayed into his home. He was killed by the gunfire.

"An innocent bystander, which means any one of us is subject to be the target we just don't know it,” said James Dickerson with the Coliseum Willow Park Neighborhood Association.

But Friday San Antonio police, FBI and DPS agents arrested 9 men they say were targeted for the crime and violence on the East Side. Hopefully, the arrests will move investigators one step closer to solving De Earlivion's death. We were told at the time of Earl's death that the shooting was related to gang retaliation. De Earlvion's father, Earl Whitley Jr is among the 9 arrested.

All of the men face charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Dai'Vonte E'Shaun Titus Ross faces a third charge of carrying a firearm in relation to drug trafficking.

U.S. Attorney's said in court Friday that all the men arrested are a part of an East Side gang and their arrests were a result of an FBI and SAPD operation targeting gang violence.

Previous story below:

Nine alleged gang members were arrested Friday on federal drug distribution charges.

Law enforcement officers swarmed an apartment complex on the 100 block of Babcock Road on the Northwest Side at about 8 a.m. While our cameras were at the scene, officers were searching a car and an apartment; one person was taken into custody.

Earlier on Friday, officers with the San Antonio Police Department, Texas Dept.. of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were at another location on Bailey Avenue, near Gevers, on the Southeast Side, according to neighbors.

The U.S. Department of Justice later issued a news release which stated eight members of the Crips East Terrace Gangstas who call themselves the “Skinny Bloc Crew” were arrested on federal drug charges in connection with a “crack” cocaine distribution investigation. San Antonio Police officers arrested a 9th defendant in the case around 2 p.m. Friday.

Federal authorities say a federal grand jury in San Antonio returned an indictment charging the following individuals with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute “crack” cocaine and one substantive count of possession with intent to distribute “crack” cocaine:

  • Alvin Clark (aka “Ray Ray”) Clark"), age 40 (Who investigators say is the ringleader.)
  • Earl Whitley, Jr. (aka “Earl Jr”, “E”), age 36
  • Dai’Vonte E’Shaun Titus Ross (aka “Tay”), age 21
  • Jovon Deante Stewart (aka “Lil JoJo”), age 24;
  • Paul Low (aka “P-Low”), age 49
  • Joseph Hammond (aka “JoJo”), age 37 (Who was arrested prier to Friday's arrests and will remain in state custody pending Initial Appearance in Federal Court. No date scheduled.)
  • James Bilal Ali (aka “Showtime”), age 34
  • Spurgeon Williams (aka “Bubba”), age 47
  • Joseph Lake (aka “J.L.”), age 29
  • Jamel Shercone Whitley (aka “Pookie”), age 38 (Who was arrested around 2 p.m. Friday.)

Ross is also charged with one count of use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime.

One of men arrested father of 4-year-old killed in drive-by shooting

Earl Whitley is the father of De-Earlvion Whitley, the 4-year-old who was shot and killed back in July while sleeping in the front room a house in the 200 block of Hub Avenue.

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