Monique “Money” Smith, of Cookeville, Tenn., has been convicted on all counts of a seven-count indictment by a federal jury in Nashville.
Court documents confirmed that Smith, 41, was a high ranking member of the Vice Lords and was largely responsible for coordinating the gang’s activity within the state.
The Almighty Vice Lord Nation (abbreviated AVLN, VLN, VL, or CVLN) is the second largest and one of the oldest street gangs in Chicago. Smith was one of 11 Vice Lord members and 17 total individuals indicted for their alleged participation in the drug distribution conspiracy and associated violence while also illegally possessing firearms.
Smith has two prior serious drug offenses and faces a mandatory life sentence for participating in a drug conspiracy. He faces an additional five years in prison for possessing a gun during a drug crime.
In announcing the charges, U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin said, “This verdict is a reminder of our tireless commitment to combating criminal street gangs in the Middle Tennessee area. The conviction of a gang member who operated largely in suburban areas like Cookeville and Lebanon should serve as notice that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our local, state and federal law enforcement partners will bring our combined resources to bear anywhere, at anytime, when gang members traffic in drugs and carry guns. The message is clear – gang crime will not be tolerated.”