For two years, the FBI and Chicago Police Department have collaborated on an investigation called “Operation Cornerstone.” The probe targeted high-ranking members of the Black P-Stone Nation in the Chi. Thanks to the help of informants, the operation took various quantities of cocaine and heroin off the streets.In one instance, a cooperator taped the negotiation and purchase of 225 grams of dope from a Stone member. In 2015, a South Side clothing store was busted for acting as a front for a coke and heroin operation.
On Tuesday, the authorities continued, as they attempted to arrest alleged Black P-Stone leader, Melvin Toran. An FBI SWAT team raided his home around 6:30 AM that morning, to bring Toran in for heroin trafficking. Toran, 50, wasn’t going to go silently. Before the feds knew it, Toran started popping shots at them, striking two FBI agents. When the boys were able to get into the home, Toran laid dead on the living room floor. He had apparently committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth.
Toran clearly had no intentions of going back to prison. Gangsters Inc. details his criminal past:
According to court records, the alleged gang leader had spent quite a few days locked up. When he was just 18 years old, he was arrested on murder charges. He pleaded guilty and served a little bit of over half his 20-year prison sentence before getting out on parole in the late 1990s.
Whether because he could not find gainful employment as an ex-convict or simply because he liked the easy money, Toran was arrested again in July of 1999. This time he was charged with manufacturing and delivering heroin with intent to distribute and using a dangerous weapon in furtherance of a crime. Again he pleaded guilty and received 14 years in prison.
By then there was no turning back. In 2008, he was convicted of the aggravated assault of a police officer and weapons charges and received 7 years behind bars.
In February of 2013 he was released from prison and went to work on Chicago’s South Side for the Black P-Stone Nation, one of the city’s oldest and most powerful gangs with over 30,000 members.
The injuries suffered by the FBI agents were not life-threatening.