The Whitmore OrganizationMugshot of suspected kingpin, Marvin Whitmore.
1989 – present
5-10 insiders approx, 20+ affiliated members
Various L.V. based gangs and organizations
Various gangs over L.V. and their allies
Also known by
North Venturas Cartel
The Whitmore Drug Organization, otherwise known as the North Venturas Cartel is a loosely organized criminal enterprise focused around the production and distribution of high grade narcotics including, but not limited to, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and high grade hydroponic marijuana. It was originally founded at the end of the 1980s by a group of Crip affiliated gang members who began to slowly organize a network of drug dealers within the Randy B. Stiffman Housing Projects in the Old Venturas Strip.
Their membership is comprised of mainly, but not limited to, African-American troubled youth who are often struggling with poverty and harsh living conditions. After investigations by law enforcement it has been seen that those of Hispanic and Arabian descent are also seen to have roles related to the trafficking of narcotics within the organization.
The syndicate was originally sparked from the remains of the 2525 Stiffman Gardens Crips who were active amongst the Old Venturas Strip during the early and mid 1990s. When a joint task force operation between the DEA and the Las Venturas Metropolitan Police Department was able to bring down the leadership of the Crips set in 1994 on various felony charges, an inner power struggle between what was remaining on the gang brought a crippling effect throughout the Stiffman Housing Projects, resulting in a near complete wipe-out of the gang's influential members.
On top of the body count was a young black male by the name of Carmelo "C-Mel" Franklin who through the use of brute enforcement claimed the throne of the fallen set. However he began to reorganize it and develop it into a more structured society focused around the production and distribution of higher grade narcotics. Between himself an his administration he set up a variety of corners throughout various neighborhoods within Las Venturas. Carmelo chose various trusted figures to take leadership positions over the three established corners and set a strict system of operation and pricing which they'd abide by. The syndicate was dubbed by media and law enforcement agencies as the North Venturas Cartel.
2000's Drug WarsEdit
In the wake of the 21st century, conflict deriving from disagreements over Carmelo's leadership between himself and the three corner crews sparked a long-term gangland war in hopes of a coup d'etat. Drive bys and stabbings became the top of news feeds throughout 2005 and 2006 as gang members began killing each other’s crews during the dispute. Carmelo and his lieutenants became the target of multiple shootings as the conflict reached new heights. In 2008 Carmelo was shot in the head four times after an unidentified black male involved in the conflict approached the side of his Rolls Royce with a hand gun.
As the hierarchy fell, the three crews remained in conflict to determine who would prevail as the organization's new leadership. The corner crew lead by Marvin Whitmore would ultimately succeed through the participation in the liquidation of the two opposing drug corners. By the end of 2009 he was the undisputed head of the organization, setting up a new leadership of trusted long-time crew members and building off the remains. the ordeal was followed closely by media sources and has been referred to as the 2000's drug wars.
The organization to this day is headed by Marvin Whitmore and his lieutenants, however the three corner crews have suffered substantially from the violence of the past. It is suspected the only remaining corner crew exists adjacent to the Stiffman Housing Projects, however as time progresses and the rebuild continues it is a possibility that the inactive corners may be reestablished in the near future.
The Whitmore organization remains heavily involved in the narcotics trade, although endeavors on the side by its membership has been seen to include robbery, firearms trafficking and some extortion. Although having a strict system for distributing their narcotics, modern influence of gang culture keep the tight-knit group composed of independent drug dealers who operate together in the goal of a bigger profit.
The boss or kingpin is the head of the syndicate at any given time. They are responsible for appointing and organizing a set-up of crew chiefs to run drug corners, setting prices as well as over seeing high-profile narcotics deals. The majority of profits from the activities performed by the membership beneath them ends up in their hands.
- 1996 - 2008 — Carmelo Franklin (DECEASED)
- 2009 - present — Marvin Whitmore (ACTIVE)
The lieutenants of the organization are a variety of trusted individuals hand picked by the kingpin. These individuals are responsible for overlooking the street-level operations and collecting profits from the established corner crews. Besides this they are also involved in advising and settling internal beefs.
- 1996 - 2007 — Rodrick Kelly (DECEASED)
- 1996 - 2008 — Malik Robinson (DECEASED)
- 1998 - 2003 — Terrence Jensen (INCARCERATED)
- 2009 - present — Nate Fairburn (ACTIVE)
Enforcers are the hitters of the organization, responsible for maintaining order and enforcing the word and wishes of the leadership. Often times they will be tasked with the slaying of members as ordered by the administration. Sometimes they are assigned to over look the activities of a specific corner run by the organization.
- 1996 - 2001 — Tyrone Travis (DECEASED)
- 1996 - 2008 — Xavier Walker (DECEASED)
- 1996 - 1998 — Terrence Jensen (PROMOTED)
- 1997 - 2008 — DeShawn Simmons (DECEASED)
- 1998 - 2007 — Benito Chavez (INCARCERATED)
- 2000 - 2008 — Robert Buckley (DECEASED)
Corner chiefs are a middle-leadership position within the organization responsible for the distribution of narcotics through specified areas within the city. They manage a crew of various shapes and sizes and obtain a cut of the drug profits provided by their members before splitting it up into cuts and handing it up the chain of command.
Stiffman Gardens Corner — (ACTIVE)Edit
- 1996 - 2005 — Daniel Brooks (DECEASED)
- 2005 - 2009 — Marvin Whitmore (SELF-PROMOTED)
- 2009 - present — (?)
Pilgrim Corner — (INACTIVE)Edit
- 1996 - 2008 — Theodore Williams (DECEASED)
Roca Escalante Corner — (INACTIVE)Edit
- 1996 - 1999 — Dwayne Shepherd (INCARCERATED)
- 1999 - 2008 — Devonte Harris (DECEASED)
The workers of the organization. This includes a variety of roles such as collecting money (money-man/signal), handing narcotics to their respective buyers (runner), watching for law enforcement (lookout) or even other tasks such as laundering money, driving vehicles or hiding evidence. They cooperate within a structured system arranged by the organization's head and are often in a constant struggle to prove their worth and street credit.
- 1996 - 1999 — Devonte Harris (PROMOTED)
- 1996 - 2000 — Robert Buckley (PROMOTED)
- 1996 - 1997 — DeShawn Simmons (PROMOTED)
- 1996 - 1998 — Benito Chavez (PROMOTED)
- 1996 - 2007 — Darnell Thomas (INCARCERATED)
- 1996 - 2009 — Miguel Ruiz (DECEASED)
- 1996 - 2009 — Martin Hampton (DECEASED)
- 1997 - 2005 — Demetrius Holt (INCARCERATED)
- 1998 - 2005 — Marvin Whitmore (PROMOTED)
- 1998 - 2009 — Nate Fairburn (PROMOTED)
- 1998 - 2008 — Aziz Baqir (DECEASED)
- 1999 - 2007 — Shaquelle Morgan (INCARCERATED)
- 2001 - 2006 — Edward Wallace (DECEASED)
- 2002 - 2009 — Marquis Taylor (DECEASED)
- 2003 - present — Zaqueri Crawford (ACTIVE)