A man once tied to the Ottawa drug dealers who called themselves Da Hittaz was charged Friday in La Salle County Circuit Court with associating with a street gang member while on parole.
Darnell C. Smith, 25, 404 Sixth St., Peru, went to prison in June 2008 for cocaine dealing and was paroled Nov. 5, 2010. On July 13, police found Smith in a vehicle with Keith Gullens, who is a member of the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples, according to prosecutors. A condition of Smith's parole is that he not have contact with gang members.
The charge is punishable by probation, jail and fine. Smith is set for a court hearing Wednesday, Sept. 28. An inmate named Keith Gullens, 21, was paroled from prison June 17. He had been imprisoned for mob action and selling crack cocaine in La Salle County, and has had addresses in Chicago, Streator and La Salle.
Smith was connected to Da Hittaz, which funneled cocaine and heroin from Chicago to La Salle County from about 2006 to early 2008, when most of the members were arrested. As part of a plea deal, Smith testified against several members, saying he sold drugs for them, but was only temporarily involved. Police have said Da Hittaz was affiliated with the Gangster Disciples.