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ATF Partners with Department to Conduct Fire Investigations Experiments

December 16, 2011

ELLICOTT CITY, MD — This upcoming Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be partnering with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) to conduct a full–scale fire experiment. This experiment will be used to collect data on fire behavior, gas temperatures, heat fluxes, toxicity measurements, smoke detector and sprinkler activation times and temperatures associated with a fire in a single family home, as it goes through flashover.More »

18TH Street Gang Member Sentenced to Over 24 Years in Prison for Participating in a Racketeering Conspiracy Related to Gang Activites

December 12, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Mario Molina-Valladares, a/k/a Tiger, age 33, of Hyattsville, Maryland today to 293 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise inconnection with his membership in the 18th Street gang.More »

Temple Hills Man Exiled to Over 9 Years in Prison for Robbing a Laundromat of $13

December 8, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Juamal Samuel Carroll, age 22, of Temple Hills, Maryland, today to 114 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for robbery and using a gun during the robbery.More »

Two Baltimore Men Indicted for Murdering a Witness in a Bank Fraud Conspiracy

December 6, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — A federal grand jury has indicted Tavon Dameon Davis, age 24, of and Bruce Eric Byrd, age 26, both of Baltimore, today for conspiracy to commit and committing murder for hire; conspiracy to murder and murdering a witness; use and discharge of a gun resulting in death; and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in connection with the murder of a witness in a federal bank fraud investigation.More »

ATF, Baltimore City Police Department Offer Reward in Molotov Cocktail Attacks

December 2, 2011

BALTIMORE – Mark R. Chait, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division, and Frederick H. Bealefeld III, police commissioner of the City of Baltimore, today announced that ATF and the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the rash of incidents involving Molotov cocktail incendiary devices throughout the Baltimore area. More »

Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Guns, Ammunition and Explosives

December 1, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – Timothy Ray Berry, age 38, of Owings Mills, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, and possession of explosives by a felon.More »

Salisbury Man Setenced to 20 Years in Prison for Armed Robberies in Salisbury, Maryland

December 1, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Christopher Foster, a/k/a Capone, age 32, of Salisbury, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possessing and brandishing a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence, in connection with armed robberies in Salisbury, Maryland.More »

Potomac Business Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Laundering Drug Proceeds

November 30, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams sentenced Todd Lubar, age 39, of Potomac, Maryland, today to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for money laundering in connection with a scheme to launder drug proceeds through legitimate businesses owned by Lubar. Judge Williams also entered an order requiring Lubar to forfeit $20,000.More »

18th Street Gang Members Sentenced to Prison for Participating in a Racketeering Conspiracy Related to Gang Activities

November 30, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Omar Rafael Villegas–Martinez, a/k/a "Lunar," age 36, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, yesterday to 23 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise in connection with his membership in the 18th Street gang, including a murder. Today, Judge Titus sentenced co–defendant and fellow gang member Hector Antonio Amaya Flores, a/k/a "Nené," age 35, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to nine years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for the racketeering conspiracy and for being an illegal alien in possession of firearm and ammunition.More »

Baltimore Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

November 9, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Kevin Eric Battle, age 38, of Baltimore, yesterday to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Hollander enhanced Battle’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal, based on two previous narcotics convictions and a conviction for a crime of violence.More »

22 Alleged Members of Violent Dead Man Incorporated Gang Indicted on Federal Racketeering, Murder and Drug Charges that May Bring Life in Federal Prison

November 2, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — A federal grand jury has charged 22 defendants with conspiracy to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise known as the Dead Man Incorporated (DMI). All but one defendant are also charged with conspiring to distribute drugs. The indictment was returned on October 6, 2011 and unsealed today upon the arrests of seven defendants and the execution of seven search warrants. Eleven defendants were previously in custody and four defendants are still at large.More »

Lothian Man Pleads Guilty to Using a Gun and Fake Bomb in the Attempted Robbery of an Upper Marlboro Sub Shop

October 24, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — Thomas Anthony Hubbard, age 52, of Lothian, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the attempted armed robbery of an Upper Marlboro sub and pizza shop.More »

Baltimore County Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Murder an ATF Task Force Officer

October 24, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – Craig Allen Shepperd, age 37, of Whitehall, Maryland, pleaded guilty late last Friday, October 21, 2011, to threatening to murder a federal law enforcement officer.More »

Aberdeen Man Exiled to Over 12 Years in Prison for Carjacking Offenses

October 13, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Tyrone Moore, age 21, of Aberdeen, Maryland, today to 147 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy, carjacking and using a firearm during a crime of violence.More »

District Heights Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Possessing a Gun

October 6, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Anthony N. Coleman, age 45, of District Heights, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a gun. Judge Titus enhanced Coleman’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal based on four previous drug convictions.More »

Silver Spring Crack Dealer Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison

September 15, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams sentenced Trent Ingram, age 40, of Silver Spring, Maryland, today to 188 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Judge Williams enhanced Ingram’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on four previous drug convictions.More »

15 Charged in Alleged Baltimore Drug Distribution Organization

September 15, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted 15 Baltimore men on charges related to the operation of a drug distribution organization in Baltimore from at least 2010 to the present. The three indictments were returned September 7, 2011, and unsealed yesterday. Yesterday, ATF led at least 300 law enforcement officers who executed 29 federal and state search warrants. As part of this investigation, law enforcement also executed arrest warrants against 28 additional defendants charged in state court in Baltimore City with various drug trafficking offenses.More »

Wanted individuals in connection with Operation "Brooklyn to the Bay" – Baltimore, MD

September 15, 2011

Malone is charged with Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance in the District of Maryland.More »

Wanted individuals in connection with Operation "Brooklyn to the Bay" – Baltimore, MD

September 15, 2011

Robinson is charged with Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance in the District of Maryland..More »

Wanted individuals in connection with Operation "Brooklyn to the Bay" – Baltimore, MD

September 15, 2011

Marshall is charged with Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance in the District of Maryland.More »

Nine-Time Convicted Pocomoke Felon Exiled to 10 Years in Prison on Gun and Drug Charges

September 14, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Skky Townsend, age 29, of Pocomoke, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Legg enhanced Townsend’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender, based on nine previous convictions, including drug related crimes.More »

Latin Kings Leader Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy

September 7, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Remy Heath, a/k/a Remy, King Remy, and King Mellow, age 26, of Hyattsville, Maryland today to 130 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 »

Pikesville Man Pleads Guilty to the Attempted Arson of His Former Girlfriend’s Residence

August 29, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – Al Darnell Moore, age 35, of Pikesville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to attempted destruction of property by fire, in connection with the attempted arson of his former girlfriend’s residence..More »

Baltimore Felon Exiled to 10 Years in Prison after Pleading Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Gun

August 26, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced James Goodwin, age 32, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after Goodwin pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun.More »

Mitchellville Man Exiled to 11 Years in Prison for Armed Carjacking

August 18, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced John Aster Hedgepeth, age 31, of Mitchellville, Maryland, late yesterday to 11 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.More »

New York Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Trafficking in Untaxed Cigarettes

August 17, 2011

Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Eduard Ifraimov was sentenced yesterday to 21 months in prison for trafficking in untaxed cigarettes, receipt of counterfeit cigarette tax stamps, and money laundering. Ifraimov also was sentenced to 3 years of supervised release, which will commence following his prison term.More »

Maryland Resident Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Deal in Explosive Materials

August 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — Dennis Coster, 58, of WhiteHall, Md., was sentenced today to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to deal in explosive materials and to create a false entry in a required record, the Justice Department announced. U.S. Judge Marvin J. Garbis of the District of Maryland ordered the forfeiture of $437,000, the value of the proceeds of the offense, and ordered that the company Coster operated, Fireworks Productions Inc., to pay a $65,000 criminal fine.More »

Member of 4X4 Drug Organization Exiled to 10 Years in Prison

July 21, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Raymond Moore, a/k/a Money, age 20, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine.More »

Capitol Heights Drug Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Offenses

July 21, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced William Henry Draine, age 46, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and being a felon in possession of ammunition and a firearm. Judge Titus enhanced Draine’s sentence upon finding that Draine is both a career offender and an armed career criminal based on four previous drug and armed robbery convictions, and because he possessed a firearm and ammunition in relation to a drug offense.More »

Jason Scott Convicted of Federal Home Invasion, Firearms, and Child Pornography Production Charges

July 18, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal jury today convicted Jason Thomas Scott, age 28, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on 11 federal felony charges relating to a series of crimes committed during more than 50 burglaries and nine armed home invasion robberies. The convictions include armed carjacking, production of child pornography, theft of firearms and related gun charges. Scott has been held in custody since 2009. The trial started on June 28 and lasted for three weeks The evidence shows that Jason Scott was a professional criminal who was methodical and very dangerous, as he progressed from burglaries to armed home invasion robberies and became increasingly violent, said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Thanks to superb work by ATF and the Prince George’s County Police Department, Jason Scott will never again terrorize the citizens of Prince George’s County.More »

Hurlock Man Convicted of Armed Robbery of a Salisbury Grocery Store

July 15, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Tyrone Dale, a/k/a Slim Dollar, age 45, of Hurlock, Maryland, late yesterday of the armed robbery a Salisbury grocery store and related gun charges.More »

Mitchellville Arms Dealer Sentenced for Unlicensed Export of Firearms and Ammunition to Nigeria

July 11, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Boniface Ibe, age 50, of Mitchellville, Maryland, today to five months in prison followed by 10 months of supervised release for exporting arms and controlled goods to Nigeria without a license, and for delivering a firearm to a common carrier without written notice.More »

Latin Kings Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, Murder, Robbery, and Gun Offenses

June 6, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams sentenced Chinua Shepperson, a/k/a Nu, NuNu and King Nu, age 28, of Washington, D.C. today to life plus 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings), murder in aid of racketeering, robbery, using a gun during a crime of violence and murder resulting from use of a gun during a crime of violence.More »

Armed Gunman Sentenced to Over 8 Years in Prison for Robbing Carroll County Pharmacy of Narcotics

June 3, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Joseph Wagner, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 102 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit an armed robbery and using a gun during the robbery.More »

Latin Kings Leader Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy Including Attempted Murders

May 9, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Brandon Smith, a/k/a Little One and King Little One, age 26, of Hyattsville, Maryland today to 23 years 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 »

Baltimore County Man Indicted for Arson, Witness Tampering, and Threatening a Federal Officers

May 5, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — A federal grand jury has indicted Craig Allen Shepperd, age 37, of Whitehall, Maryland, today for arson, witness tampering and threatening a federal law enforcement officer, in connection with a fire at a horse barn in Monkton, Maryland.More »

Seat Pleasant Man Sentenced to Over 11 years in Prison for Seven Armed Robberies

April 13, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Kelvin B. Williams, age 34, of Seat Pleasant, Maryland to 140 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and brandishing a gun during a crime of violence, in connection with a series of armed robberies of businesses in Prince George’s County within less than two months. Judge Williams also entered an order that Williams pay restitution of $22,900.78.More »

18th Street Gang Member Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Obstruct a Criminal Investigation and Proceeding

April 11, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Jose Edy Molina Marquez, age 33, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, today to 94 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to obstruct a criminal investigation and proceeding, in connection with the investigation of a murder that occurred on May 6, 2007.More »

Baltimore Heroin Dealer and Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 17 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

March 30, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Quincy Salliey, age 36, of Baltimore, today to 17 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Bennett enhanced Salliey’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal, based on four previous narcotics convictions.More »

Last Latin Kings Member Convicted of Racketeering, Conspiracy, Murder, Robbery and Gun Offenses

March 15, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Chinua Shepperson, a/k/a Nu, NuNu and King Nu, age 28, of Washington, D.C. late yesterday of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings), murder in aid of racketeering, robbery, using a gun during a crime of violence and murder resulting from use of a gun during a crime of violence.More »

Anne Arundel County Man Exiled to 7 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

March 4, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Keith Irving Eldridge, age 30, of Hanover, Maryland, today to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

White Hall, Maryland Resident and Company Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Illegally Distribute Explosive Materials

February 28, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – Dennis Coster, age 58, of White Hall, Maryland, and the company he operated, Fireworks Productions, Inc., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to deal in xplosive materials and to create a false entry in a required record.More »

Baltimore Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 19 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

February 25, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Glenn Plato Brooks, age 42, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 19 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Quarles enhanced Brooks’ sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal. Brooks has at least six previous convictions including three narcotics convictions, robbery with a deadly weapon, battery and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.More »

Baltimore Career Drug Dealer Exiled to 12 Years in Prison

February 23, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, sentenced Robert Jones, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin. Judge Bennett enhanced Jones’ sentence upon finding that he is a career offender, based on two previous narcotics distribution convictions.More »

Frederick Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

February 23, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Derek Edwin Lindsey, age 38, of Frederick, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a gun. Judge Bennett enhanced Lindsey’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal, based on at least three previous convictions for first degree burglary.More »

Latin Kings Leader Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for a Racketeering Conspiracy Related to His Gang Activities

February 15, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams sentenced Erick Roman, a/k/a Erick Javier Sierra, Malian-T and King Malian-T, age 34, of Laurel, Maryland, late yesterday to 60 years 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 »

PDL Bloods Leader Sentenced to 16 years in Prison for Conspiracy to Participate in a Racketeering Enterprise

February 10, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Marcus Brooks, also known as MB, age 35, of Pasadena, California, today to 16 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise related to his gang activities as a leader of the PDL Bloods.More »

Baltimore Drug Dealer and Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 20 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Guns and Ammunition

February 10, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Dayvon Watson, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of narcotics trafficking. Judge Legg enhanced Watson’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal, based on four previous narcotics convictions.More »

Latin Kings Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy Including Attempted Murders

February 3, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland — Brandon Smith, a/k/a Little One and King Little One, 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 »

Baltimore Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Gun in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

January 20, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Darnell Savoy, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Judge Bennett enhanced Savoy’s sentence upon finding he is a career offender based on three previous felony narcotics convictions.More »

Leader of Rollin’ 20’s Bloods Gang Sentenced To Over 15 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking

January 12, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Kevin Chambers, a/k/a BK, age 29, of Baltimore today to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin, while using guns to further drug trafficking.More »

Baltimore Cocaine Dealer Exiled to Over 12 Years in Prison on Gun and Drug Charges

January 11, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Tavon Bernard Johnson, a/k/a Brandon Thomas and Keith Bernard Miller, age 21, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 151 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Quarles enhanced Johnson’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender, based on two previous felony drug convictions.More »