Law cracks down on Chi.-Miss. Delta pipeline of crime

By Chris Joyner

TUTWILER, Miss. — Michael James sits at the edge of an abandoned railroad track in this cotton town of 1,300 and trades sips of cheap vodka with friends.

Nearby, a six-point star spray-painted on the side of the closest building illustrates the threat this impoverished Mississippi Delta hamlet is facing. The star — surrounded by a code of words, pictures and numbers — is the calling card of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago's largest youth street gang.

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