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18th Street Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Obstruct a Criminal Investigation and Proceeding

December 21, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland — Jose Edy Molina Marquez, age 32, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to obstruct a criminal investigation and proceeding in connection with the investigation of a murder that occurred on May 6, 2007. Marquez, a native of El Salvador, was a member of the 18th Street gang.More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Baltimore City Fire

December 8, 2010

BALTIMORE — The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with agents from the ATF Baltimore Field Division were activated at the request of the Baltimore City Fire Department to investigate the Dec. 6 fire scene on 404 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore. The NRT arrives Wednesday to examine the fire scene as part of the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire.More »

Latin Kings Leader Sentenced To Over 21 Years in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy

December 1, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Francisco Ortiz, a/k/a Francis Gabriel Ortis, Pone, and King Pone, age 26, of Rockville, Maryland, today to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, in connection with his gang activities as a member and leader of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings).More »

Final TTP Bloods Defendants Plead Guilty

November 30, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland — Keili Dyson, a/k/a SK, age 28, of Baltimore pleaded guilty today to participating in a racketeering conspiracy through the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods), which engaged in narcotics trafficking, robbery and acts of violence. Co—defendant Keon Williams, age 29, also of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.. More »

Latin Kings Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

November 9, 2010

Remy Heath, a/k/a Remy, King Remy, and King Mellow, age 26, of Hyattsville, Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, in connection with his gang activities as a member and leader of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings). More »

Three Alleged Latin Kings Members Charged in Superseding Indictment With Murder, Attempted Murder, and Other Charges Related to Racketeering Conspiracy

October 27, 2010

A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment charging alleged Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings) members Remy Heath, a/k/a Remy, King Remy and King Mello, age 25; Chinua Shepperdson, a/k/a Nu, NuNu and King Nu, age 27; and Brandon Smith, a/k/a Little One and King Little One, age 25, with arson, murder, attempted murder and firearms charges related to their alleged gang activities. The three were previously charged with conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise. More »

Latin Kings Member Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison for a Racketeering Conspiracy Related to His Gang Activities

October 22, 2010

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Nelson Santos, a/k/a Nelly and King Nelly, age 27, of Silver Spring, Maryland, today to 190 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and being a felon in possession of a firearm, in connection with his gang activities as a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings). More »

Corey Moore Indicted on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

October 21, 2010

A federal grand jury indicted Corey Moore, age 35, of Takoma Park, Maryland, late yesterday on charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, specifically cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP); possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and being a felon in possession of guns and ammunition. More »

Alleged Members of the 18th Street Gang Indicted in a Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Five Murders, Extortion, Armed Robbery and Obstructing Justice

October 20, 2010

A federal grand jury today indicted the following alleged members of the 18th Street Gang for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, which engaged in murder and attempted murder, including the murder of three individuals in Maryland and two individuals in Washington, D.C., armed robberies, and obstruction of justice… More »

ATF Fugitive Being Sought

September 14, 2010

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Baltimore Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a violent fugitive who is wanted for federal drug violations. He should be considered armed and dangerous. More »

Ten Indicted in Cocaine Conspiracy Allegedly Operating in the 4x4 Neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore

September 9, 2010

A federal grand jury has indicted 10 individuals on charges related to the operation of a drug distribution organization in the 4x4 neighborhood of Baltimore from at least June 2009 through August 2010. The indictment was returned on September 2, 2010 and unsealed today upon the arrest of the defendants. More »

Clinton Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison on Drug and Gun Charges

September 8, 2010

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Jeffrey Rios, age 21, of Clinton, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Baltimore Felon Exiled to 40 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery and Obstruction of Justice

September 7, 2010

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced John F. LeGrand, age 46, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 40 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for armed robbery, possessing a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence, possession of a gun by a convicted felon, witness tampering, witness retaliation and obstruction of justice. More »

Wicomico Felon Exiled to 11 ½ Years in Prison for Distribution of Crack Cocaine

September 3, 2010

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Shakoor Stevenson, age 27, of Salisbury, Maryland, yesterday to 136 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Judge Motz enhanced Stevenson’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on previous convictions for possession with intent to distribute narcotics and resisting arrest. More »

“Wise Guyz” Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Offenses

August 26, 2010

Benjamin Lee, age 25, of Cumberland, Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and possession of a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking. More »

Latin Kings Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy That Included Two Attempted Murders, Armed Robbery and Witness Tampering

August 25, 2010

Defendant Admits Membership in Violent Gang with Thousands of Members Greenbelt, Maryland - Francisco Ortiz, a/k/a Francis Gabriel Ortis, Pone, and King Pone, age 26, of Rockville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, in connection with his gang activities as a member and leader of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings). More »

Baltimore Man Exiled to Over 10 Years in Prison for Two Armed Carjackings

August 23, 2010

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Dennis Hairston, age 20, of Baltimore, today to 130 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit carjacking and possession of a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence. More »

MS-13 Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Offenses Including the Murder of a Witness

August 6, 2010

Juan Carlos Moreira, a/k/a “Stokey” and “Stocky,” age 30, a native of El Salvador who resided in Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit murder in aid of a racketeering enterprise known as MS-13, conspiracy to participate in racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, witness tampering murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering. More »

Frederick Felon Exiled to 15 Years in Prison on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

August 5, 2010

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced David Allen Hughes, Jr., age 33, of Frederick, today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, after he pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. More »

Highland Arsonist Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

August 2, 2010

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Scott Daniel Wilson, age 57, of Highland, Maryland, late Friday evening, July 30, 2010, to the statutory maximum of 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for arson. Judge Bennett enhanced Wilson’s sentence upon finding that Wilson is a career offender and a serial arsonist who poses a continuing threat to the safety of the community. More »

ATF and Local Law Enforcement Join Hands With the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Teaching Kids to Resist Gangs

July 30, 2010

The “Choose to be G.R.E.A.T” (Gang Resistance Education and Training) camp was held in cooperation with the New Psalmist Baptist Church the week of July 26, 2010. This unique camp experience was designed for children ages 9-12, and was one of the first faith-based partnerships between a local church and area law enforcement. This is the second year of the camp, and a successful example of law enforcement befriending our youth. More »

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Success of Enhanced Police Gun Suppression Efforts

July 1, 2010

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph Riehl to report the outcome of recent gun suppression efforts and violent crime reduction in Baltimore. More »

Aberdeen Gang Member Convicted of Baltimore Carjacking

June 25, 2010

A federal jury convicted Tyrone Moore, age 19, of Aberdeen, Maryland, late on June 23, 2010, on charges of conspiring to and committing a carjacking, as well as possession of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. More »

Eastern Shore TTP Leader and Baltimore TTP Bloods Member Who Produced “Stop Snitching” Videos Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms for Racketeering Activities

June 25, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Sherman Pride, a/k/a Dark Black and DB, age 35, of Salisbury, Maryland, to 292 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release; and sentenced co-defendant Ronnie Thomas, a/k/a Rodney Thomas, Skinny Suge and Tall Vialz, age 36, of Baltimore, to 235 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in a racketeering conspiracy through the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods), which engaged in narcotics trafficking, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. More »

TTP Bloods Leader Sentenced to 30 Years for Gang Racketeering Activities

June 23, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Michelle Hebron, a/k/a “Michelle Hell” and “BG,” age 25, of Hagerstown and Annapolis, Maryland, today to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for participating in a racketeering conspiracy through the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods), which engaged in narcotics trafficking and robbery. Hebron pleaded guilty to that offense on the second day of her trial. More »

PDL Bloods Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering and Drug Conspiracies Involving Murder and Attempted Murders

June 22, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Terrence Richardson, a/k/a “Squeaky,” “Don,” and “L-Don,” age 30, of Baltimore, today to two life terms in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with attempt to distribute drugs, and conspiracy to conduct and participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang (PDL Bloods). Richardson was convicted at trial on March 19, 2010. More »

White Hall, Maryland Resident and Company Indicted for Conspiring to Illegally Distribute Explosive Materials

June 21, 2010

A federal grand jury has indicted Dennis Coster, age 57, of White Hall, Maryland, and the company he operated, Fireworks Productions, Inc. for conspiracy to deal in explosive materials and to create a false entry in a required record, submitting false documents, and obstruction of an agency proceeding. More »

Latin Kings Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

June 9, 2010

Andres Echevarria, a/k/a B-Boy and King B-Boy, age 23, of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, in connection with his gang activities as a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings). More »

Member of “B-6” Drug Gang in Frederick Exiled to Over 17 Years in Prison

April 15, 2010

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Jesse Dorsz, age 28, of Walkersville, Maryland, today to 210 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. More »

Two TTP Bloods Members Convicted of Racketeering Activities

April 15, 2010

A federal jury convicted Tavon Mouzone, a/k/a “Batman” and “Bloody Batman,” age 24, of Baltimore County, Maryland and Anthony Fleming, a/k/a “Mo Easy,” age 23, of Baltimore today of participating in a racketeering conspiracy through the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods), which engaged in narcotics trafficking and robbery. More »

Member of “B-6” Drug Gang in Frederick Exiled to Over 17 Years in Prison

April 15, 2010

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Jesse Dorsz, age 28, of Walkersville, Maryland, today to 210 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. More »

Two Baltimore Men Plead Guilty to Armed Carjacking

April 8, 2010

Kenard Lawson, age 19, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to carjacking and using a gun during the carjacking. Co-defendant Keith Dorsey, age 22, also of Baltimore, pleaded guilty on April 5, 2010 to the same offenses. More »

Temple Hills Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison on Gun and Drug Charges

April 5, 2010

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Salah Murad Benson, age 37, of Temple Hills, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. More »

TTP Bloods Member Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Prison for Racketeering Activities

March 31, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Antwoine Gross, age 23, of Essex, Maryland, today to 151 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to conduct and participate in the activities of a racketeering enterprise known as the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods). More »

PDL Bloods Member Sentenced to More Than 22 Years for Conspiracy to Participate in a Racketeering Enterprise

March 26, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Antonio White, age 25, of Baltimore, today to 262 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise related to his gang activities as a PDL Blood. Judge Quarles also found that White is a career criminal based on two previous narcotics convictions. More »

MS-13 Gang Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison After Being Convicted of Racketeering Offenses Encompassing Murder

March 24, 2010

U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Roberto Antonio Argueta, a/k/a “Alex Antonio Cruz,” a/k/a “Buda,” age 29, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today to life in prison, plus an additional 35 years, for ordering the murder of Nancy Diaz and the attempted murder of another juvenile girl. More »

PDL Bloods Leader and Associate Convicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine

March 19, 2010

A federal jury convicted Terrence Richardson, a/k/a “Squeaky,” “Don,” and “L-Don,” age 30 and Gregory Saulsbury, age 46, both of Baltimore, today for conspiracy to distribute and possess with attempt to distribute drugs. More »

PDL Bloods Gang Member Exiled to 24 Years in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Federal Racketeering Conspiracy

March 12, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Emiliano Aguas, age 33, of Baltimore, to 24 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, after Aguas pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to conduct and participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang (PDL Bloods). (PDL Bloods). More »

Two PDL Bloods Gang Members Sentenced to a Total of More Than 33 Years in Prison For Federal Racketeering Conspiracy

March 5, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Avon Banks, age 23, and Quincy Williams, age 21, both of Baltimore, today to 262 months in prison, and 121 months in prison, respectively, each followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to conduct and participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang (PDL Bloods). More »

Baltimore Felon Exiled to Over 12 Years in Prison

March 2, 2010

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Daryl Smith, age 30, of Baltimore, today to 151 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a gun by a felon. More »

Steven Stone Sentenced to Over 24 Years in Prison for the Witness Tampering Murder of David Lee

March 1, 2010

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Steven Leroy Stone, age 25, of Frederick, Maryland, today to 292 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit witness tampering and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and a crime of violence resulting in death, in connection with the murder of David Lee. More »

PDL Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to Over 21 Years in Prison for Federal Racketeering Conspiracy and Illegal Gun Possession

March 1, 2010

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Ronald Elzey, age 29, of Baltimore, today to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to conduct and participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang (PDL Bloods), and for being a felon in possession of a gun. More »

Riverdale Felon Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Gun and Drug Offenses

February 25, 2010

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Jamal Siddq Rickenbacker, age 29, of Riverdale, Maryland, today to 14 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a gun. Judge Titus enhanced Rickenbacker’s sentence upon finding that Rickenbacker is an armed career criminal based on three previous convictions for drug offenses. More »

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward in Gun Store Burglary

February 25, 2010

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Theresa R. Stoop of the Baltimore Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the burglary of The Bank, a federally licensed firearms (FFL) dealer, located at 323 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, Maryland. More »

Baltimore TTP Bloods Leader Who Produced “Stop Snitching” Videos and Eastern Shore TTP Leader Convicted of Racketeering Activities

January 29, 2010

A federal jury convicted Sherman Pride, a/k/a Dark Black and DB, age 35, of Salisbury, Maryland; and Ronnie Thomas, a/k/a Rodney Thomas, Skinny Suge and Tall Vialz, age 36, of Baltimore, yesterday evening of participating in a racketeering conspiracy through the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods), which engaged in narcotics trafficking, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. More »

Baltimore County Felon Sentenced to Six Years in Prison For Threatening Arson and Witness Tampering

January 22, 2010

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Darrell Hall, age 41, of Pikesville, Maryland today to six years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for threatening to set fire to a building occupied by an insurance company and witness tampering. More »

Brian Rose Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for the January 2006 Murder of Carjacking Victim

January 20, 2010

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Brian Keith Rose, age 24, of Baltimore, today to 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole followed by 5 years of supervised release for the January 2006 attempted carjacking of Warren T. Fleming, resulting in Mr. Fleming’s death. More »

Maryland Man Sentenced to Over 5 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Destructive Device

January 19, 2010

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Collin McKenzie-Gude, age 20, of Bethesda, Maryland, today to 61 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of an unregistered destructive device. More »

Four-Time Felon Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison For Illegal Possession of a Gun

January 11, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Bernard Way, age 35, of Laurel, Maryland, today to 190 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Baltimore Felon Exiled to 35 Years in Prison For Drug and Gun Offenses

January 8, 2010

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Douglas Roseby, age 47, of Baltimore, today to 35 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin, possession of a gun to further a drug trafficking crime and possession of a gun by a convicted felon. Judge Motz enhanced Roseby’s sentence upon finding that he was both a career offender and an armed career criminal based on two previous convictions for drug offenses. More »

PDL Bloods Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Carjacking and Drug Dealing

January 4, 2010

Gary Knight, age 18, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and other drugs and carjacking, related to his gang activities. More »