U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Maryland
36 South Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
For Immediate Release
November 30, 2010
Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney
Contact: Vickie E. LeDuc
Final TTP Bloods Defendants Plead Guilty
All 28 Defendants Charged Have Been Convicted
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. With today’s guilty pleas, all 28 defendants charged in the indictment have
The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod
J. Rosenstein; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; Special Agent in Charge Theresa
R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division;
Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper—Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration — Washington
Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; Baltimore County State’s
Attorney Scott Shellenberger; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department;
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Davis Ruark; Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis; the
Washington County Narcotics Task Force led by Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore;
Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.; Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan; and
Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith.
TTP Bloods, a violent gang, originated from a street gang known as "the Bloods" that was
formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. The Bloods broke into individual "sets"
including a subset known as Tree Top Pirus (TTP). TTP spread throughout the country, including
Maryland. TTP in Maryland has its roots in a local gang which began in the Washington County
Detention Center in Hagerstown, Maryland in about 1999. The gang was formed for mutual
protection in response to the aggression of other inmates from Baltimore and spread throughout
Maryland mostly by recruiting from inside Maryland prisons.
According to Dyson’s plea agreement, he was a member of TTP and held the rank of OYG
(Original Young Gangster). Dyson regularly met with other TTPgang members to discuss, among
other things, past acts of violence and other crimes committed by gang members against rival gang
members and others; which gang members were arrested or incarcerated; the disciplining of TTP
gang members; police interactions with gang members; the identities of individuals who may be
cooperating with law enforcement and proposed actions to be taken against those individuals; the
commission of future crimes, including robberies, drug trafficking, and assaults, and the means
to cover up these crimes; and the enforcement of gang rules. Dyson also corresponded with gang
leaders and as part of his gang activities participated in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
According to Dyson’s plea agreement, on October 18, 2007, when detectives entered a home in
the 4200 block of Audrey Avenue, Dyson was found sitting at a table in the living room with
empty ziplock bags used for packaging drugs in front of him on the table. Dyson was arrested
and law enforcement recovered from his pockets a plastic bag containing approximately seven
grams of crack cocaine, as well as 13 orange ziplocks with crack cocaine in each bag, a digital
scale with cocaine residue, a razor blade and a cell phone. From a black hooded sweatshirt that
law enforcement had seen Dyson wearing earlier, agents recovered a 9 mm Taurus PT92
handgun and an additional 38 green ziplock bags containing crack cocaine.
According to Keon Williams’ plea agreement, from at least 2005 through February 2008,
Williams and others distributed crack cocaine. Williams was overheard in intercepted telephone
conversations discussing the purchase and sale of crack cocaine in the Greenmount Avenue
corridor of Baltimore with other members of the conspiracy. Williams admitted that, along with
other members of the conspiracy, he conspired to distribute between three and seven ounces of
The defendants each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge
William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for Williams on March 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
and for Dyson on March 16, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
This case is the result of a long—term joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Baltimore City Police Department, the Baltimore County
Police Department, the Baltimore City State's Attorney’s Office and the United States
Attorney’s Office. Twenty—three defendants have been convicted of the RICO conspiracy and 18
of those have been sentenced to between 21 months and life in prison. Five defendants pleaded
guilty to related charges.
Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy gave special thanks to Secretary Gary Maynard of the
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; Commissioner J. Michael
Stouffer of the Maryland Division of Correction; Director Patrick McGee of the Maryland
Division of Parole and Probation; and the officers at the Western and North Branch Correctional
Institutions and the Wicomico County Detention Center for their work in the investigation and
prosecution of this case.
Mr. Rosenstein and Mrs. Jessamy also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hanlon,
and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City
Assistant State's Attorney, who are prosecuting the case and Assistant State's Attorney LaRai
Everett, who assisted in the prosecution.