UPDATE: Accused Gang Leader Indicted on 24 Counts

Christopher Wilson accused of multiple crimes

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Mesa County Grand Jury has indicted an accused gang leader on two dozen counts including racketeering.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said Christopher Wilson, 31, of Grand Junction is the head of the local chapter of Satan's Disciples, a nationwide gang.

An investigation by the Grand Junction Police Department reached the conclusion that a number of local crimes over the past few years are related to that gang. Some of the crimes include aggravated robbery, menacing, assault, and theft. Investigators ultimately identified Wilson as the chapter head of Satan's Disciples.

"It was an extremely extensive investigation we had several officers committed and assigned to it," said Grand Junction Interim Chief of Police Mike Nordine.

"Grand Jury investigations in state court are pretty rare. It's sort of an extraordinary use of our resources, but the information we had was this organization was complex and needed a Grand Jury to figure out exactly what they were doing," said Rubinstein.

Rubinstein expects this is the first arrest of many; authorities already have two warrants out for other people.

As rare as it may be, those with the DA's office and the GJPD said they've gotten a clear message from the community over the past few months. That message is to keep Mesa County as safe as possible.

Wilson is expected to appear in court Friday at the Mesa County Justice Center.

As of now, the investigation is still ongoing. News Channel 5 will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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