Mickey Cobras

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Mickey Cobras
Founded 1977
Named after Henry "Mickey" Cogwell
Founding location Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1977-Present
Territory Chicago, Illinois (majority)
Detroit, Michigan
Toronto, Ontario
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Criminal activities Drug Trafficking, Robbery, Extortion, Murder
Allies MCs, MCN, Almighty Kingdom of Mickey Cobras, Snakes, Mics[1]

The Mickey Cobras are a large street gang affiliated with the nationwide gang affiliation known as the People Nation. Based in Chicago, Illinois and consisting largely of African American membership, the gang is considered very mobile, wear the colors green and black, and factions of the gang are being established throughout the Mid-western United States.[2] The gang's criminal expertise is in narcotics. On April 5, 2005 US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald described the Mickey Cobras as one of several "super-gangs" that constitute a sizable portion of Chicago's overall gang population.[3]


"Cobra Stones"[edit]

Under the leadership of Mickey Cogwell, the Mickey Cobras began as the "Cobra Stones" and were an official branch of the Black P. Stones Nation (BPSN) from 1961 until 1977. Cogwell was a founding member of the "Main 21" and was therefore a leader within the BPSN. He was later convicted in 1972 for defrauding the federal government grant of $927,000 from the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. After a falling out, the leader of the BPSN, Jeff Fort had Mickey Cogwell killed on February 25, 1977. At this point the gang became a separate entity that is today known as the Mickey Cobras gang.

"Mickey Cobras Gang"[edit]

At the time of his death, Cogwell had been working as an organizer for a south side union. In 1970, the commander of the Gang Intelligence Unit for the Chicago Police Department portrayed Cogwell as the link between gangs and organized crime, particularly the Chicago Outfit. The Mickey Cobras exist in areas of the south side that compete for membership with the BPSN, particularly in the area around Fuller Park.[4] They also controlled a segment of the Chicago Housing Authority's Robert Taylor Homes housing project called "The Hole" until the buildings were demolished and the Cobra drug lines forced out into the street. Despite similar origins and affiliations, no one could say that just because both the BPSN and the Mickey Cobras today are affiliated with the People Nation that they are in any sense cooperative or friendly towards each other. They also have a small presence in Detroit, Michigan and Toronto, Ontario.

Organizational Characteristics[edit]

Today the Mickey Cobras are known formally as the "Reformed Kingdom of Mickey's Cobras". In their original identity, they were known as the Egyptian King Cobras.

Islamic Influence[edit]

After three generations, the group has come to have a strong Islamic influence. The Mickey Cobras now have their own unique written constitution and by-laws, which show a strong Islamic influence, just like those of the modern-day BPSN. In the Illinois prison system, they will combine with the ABPSN for protection and power.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mickey Cobras: Chicago Street Gangs
  2. ^ Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives April 5, 2005
  3. ^ Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives April 5, 2005
  4. ^ The Chicago Tribune, February 23, 2006

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