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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Friday, November 6, 2015
Edward L. Stanton III
, United States Attorney
Contact: Louis Goggans

Alleged Current Leader of FAM Mob Convicted by Federal Jury

Memphis, TN – After a three day trial, the alleged current head governor of FAM Mob, a violent street gang based throughout North Memphis and Shelby County, was found guilty of felony firearm possession by a federal jury. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the guilty verdict today.

According to the indictment, 28-year-old Jarvis Lewis, aka Jabo, of Memphis, unlawfully possessed a Jimenez Arms 9mm pistol. According to information presented in court, on October 27, 2014, Memphis Police officers responded to shots fired at the Ridgecrest Apartments Complex. The complex is allegedly used as the headquarters of FAM Mob, a violent street gang prevalent in Frayser, Northhaven, Raleigh and Millington.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers learned that two men with guns — one of them being Lewis — entered a unit in the apartment complex, according to information presented in court. Subsequent to locating the unit, officers asked for the defendants to leave the residence. After the defendants refused to comply, law enforcement gained entry into the apartment. Lewis and his co-defendant were located in the apartment’s master bedroom. A loaded 9mm pistol, partially sticking out of a bag of sugar, was also located by law enforcement while searching the apartment, according to court information.

FAM Mob’s hierarchy allegedly consists of a head governor, governors, CEOs, big “homies” and little “homies.” Lewis allegedly became the head of FAM Mob after its former head governor, James McCracken, was indicted federally in November 2014 for violating the Hobbs Act. The Hobbs Act makes it a federal crime to commit a robbery that interferes with interstate commerce. In July 2011, McCracken and other FAM Mob members allegedly robbed a drug dealer who was trafficking narcotics manufactured outside of the district.

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, a federal jury convicted Lewis of one count of felony possession of a firearm.

Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Sheryl H. Lipman on February 5, 2016. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from the Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Whitmore and Elizabeth Rogers prosecuted the case on the government’s behalf.

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