Gang leaders get day in court

Published 2:31 pm Thursday, July 23, 2015

Just days after their arrests, the leaders of the Red Stone Rydahs street gang were in a federal courthouse facing drug and weapons charges. Collie “Sonny Black” Sanks and Phillip “Philly” Murphy both waived their preliminary and detention hearings on Monday afternoon, and will await a trial date behind bars.

“The court finds probable cause that the defendant committed the offense charged in the criminal complaint, to wit, distribution of [the charges],” the court order reads for both Sanks and Murphy.

The pair was taken into custody during separate arrests in Franklin and Emporia on July 16 by authorities from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Peninsula Task Force. Sanks was apprehended on charges of distribution of heroin and distribution of 100 grams of more of heroin. Murphy, meanwhile, was arrested on the same charges in addition to possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.