Murder, racketeering and drug charges were levied Friday against an Indianapolis man accused of recruiting his wife, father and cousins into his violent drug trafficking organization.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced the charges Friday against 26-year-old Richard Grundy III, accused of leading the organization. Among other charges, Grundy is accused of murder in the death of Kendrid Mintze in October 2013, and conspiracy to commit murder for his role in the alleged attempt to kill another man.
The charges stem from a 22-month investigation led by the ATF of an alleged drug trafficking route from Phoenix, Arizona, to Indianapolis. Curry said as part of the investigation, nearly 800 pounds of marijuana were intercepted on their way to Indianapolis.
Prosecutors also tied the alleged criminal organization to at least seven murders since 2013, including three double murders, and at least four other non-fatal shootings.
Grundy has a long criminal history of drug and firearm charges dating back to 2008. In February of this year he was one of five men accused of conspiracy to commit murder and dealing cocaine out of a West 31st Street home.
He was also charged in September with four counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with two double murders. Prosecutors allege he hired another man, John Means, 23, to commit the murders. Means allegedly received $12,000 to kill two of the victims.
“Richard Grundy III is accused of acting as the leader of a dangerous gang intent on distributing drugs in our community and promoting violence and fear to protect their illegal business operation,” Prosecutor Curry stated. “I commend the work of this ATF task force in identifying and building cases against these eleven individuals to take them off the street and to dismantle their operation.”
Ten other people alleged to be Grundy's associates are also facing a slew of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, corrupt business influence and criminal gang activity. Those suspects are:
Curry said Chownin-Grundy is Grundy's wife, and the Bullocks and Tinnins are his cousins. Richard Grundy, Jr., is the father of Richard Grundy III.
Grundy III has been in custody since his arrest for cocaine and attempted murder charges on January 30, 2015. All of the other suspects were also in custody, except for Amanda Grundy and David Carroll. Indianapolis police issued an alert Friday asking for information as to their whereabouts.
PICTURED BELOW: David C. Carroll and Amanda Chowning-Grundy. Indianapolis police ask anyone with information about their whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.