For Immediate Release
Two New Defendants Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy Related to Involvement in "Murdaland Mafia Piru" Bloods Gang
Gang Members Allegedly Committed Five Murders, Six Attempted Murders, Assaults, Abduction, Witness Tampering, And Drug Distribution Resulting in Overdoses
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment on June 1, 2017, charging two additional defendants with conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as Murdaland Mafia Piru (MMP) and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The indictment also adds new charges against six of the defendants charged in the previous indictment, including murder charges against the gang’s alleged leader, Dante Bailey, a/k/a Gutta, and Dontray Johnson, a/k/a Gambino.
One of the defendants newly charged in the case is Sydni Frazier, a/k/a "Sid," a/k/a "Perry," age 25, of Baltimore, Maryland. The name of the second defendant remains under seal while law enforcement officers work on bringing the defendant into custody.
This brings to 26 the total number of alleged MMP gang members and associates charged in the case. Ten of the 24 defendants in the previous indictment have pleaded guilty to their participation in the racketeering conspiracy. Fourteen of the 24 remain in the second superseding indictment.
The second superseding indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
According to the indictment, MMP, also known as the "Mob" or "Mobsters," is a violent subset of the Bloods gang that for many years controlled the drug trade in large swaths of Northwest Baltimore City and neighboring Baltimore County. MMP was modeled after the Italian Mafia. Members and associates of MMP operated street-level drug distribution "shops" in various locations in Baltimore City and distributed heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, fentanyl, and marijuana, among other controlled substances. The gang’s drug shop in the 5200 block of Windsor Mill Road was particularly lucrative due to its close proximity to Interstate 70, and it frequently attracted drug customers driving from western Maryland and neighboring states. MMP
members were required to pay dues to the gang consisting of a portion of the proceeds of their criminal activities, and they were subject to reprisal—and sometimes murder—for failing to do so. Non-members who wished to sell drugs in MMP’s territories were forced to pay a "tax" or were targeted for violence by MMP members. MMP members enhance their status within the gang by carrying out acts of violence against rivals; for instance, members can earn a "lightning bolt" tattoo for "killing for the Mob."
The 32 count indictment alleges that from at least 2011 through 2017, the defendants were members and associates of MMP who engaged in criminal activities in furtherance of the gang, including five murders, six attempted murders, assaults, abduction, witness tampering, and drug distribution resulting in nonfatal overdoses.
For instance, the indictment alleges that on May 30, 2015, Shakeen Davis attempted to murder two victims in the gang’s territory in Northwest Baltimore by firing at least nine rounds at them with a 5.56x45mm caliber rifle. One victim suffered two graze wounds to his back, and both victims suffered cuts to their arms and hands from broken glass.
The indictment further alleges that on September 29, 2015, Dontray Johnson murdered an MMP member because he refused to pay gang dues Johnson was attempting to collect for Dante Bailey and his wife Tiffany Bailey. Dante Bailey approved the murder afterward in a recorded conversation, telling Johnson to continue enforcing the dues system even if it meant killing more people.
According to the indictment, on April 28, 2016, Dante Bailey and Jamal Lockley armed themselves and went looking to retaliate against members of a rival drug organization they believed were responsible for killing an MMP member. Bailey and Lockley drove to the rival drug organization’s territory, where they observed a victim who they suspected—wrongly—had been involved in the MMP member’s murder. Bailey shot the victim in the head, killing him. Lockley was the getaway driver.
The indictment further alleges that in August 2016, Dante Bailey directed the murder of a victim based on a belief that he was cooperating with law enforcement. On August 10, 2016, Sydni Frazier and one or more co-conspirators abducted, bound, and murdered the victim, and then attempted to set his body on fire. Later that day, Frazier fled from police and discarded the two murder weapons.
In addition, the indictment alleges that on January 8, 2017, Delante Lee attempted to murder a victim because he lingered on MMP’s drug turf after being asked to leave. Lee chased the victim into oncoming traffic, firing multiple shots at him and striking him once in the arm. Shortly afterward, Lee shot himself as he was attempting to put away the gun.
The two new defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison for the racketeering conspiracy, as well as a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy. Dante Bailey and Dontray Johnson face a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison and the possibility of the death penalty for new charges of murder in aid of racketeering. Dante Bailey, Dontray Johnson, Corloyd Anderson, Shakeen Davis, Delante Lee, and Sydni Frazier also face new gun charges. Ayinde Deleon, Shakeen Davis, and Sydni Frazier also face new drug distribution charges.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
The following 14 defendants were charged in the superseding indictment unsealed on September 27, 2016, and charges remain pending against them in the second superseding indictment:
- Dante Bailey, a/k/a "Gutta," "Almighty," and "Wolf," age 37, of Windsor Mill, Maryland;
- Dontray Johnson, a/k/a "Gambino," "Bino," and "Tray," age 31, of Windsor Mill;
- Adrian Jamal Spence, a/k/a "Spittle," "SP," and "AJ," age 29, of Baltimore;
- Randy Banks, a/k/a "Dirt," age 38, of Baltimore;
- Ayinde Deleon, a/k/a "Murda," and "Yin," age 31, of Baltimore;
- Jamal Lockley, a/k/a "T-Roy," and "Droid," age 37, of Baltimore;
- Jacob Bowling, a/k/a "Jakey," "Ghost," and "Fred," age 30, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland;
- Corloyd Anderson, a/k/a "Bo," age 33, of Owings Mills, Maryland;
- Devon Dent, a/k/a "Tech," age 26, of Gwynn Oak;
- Tiffany Bailey, a/k/a "Tiff," age 31, of Windsor Mill;
- Takuma Tate, a/k/a "Oop," and "Ook," age 37, of Baltimore;
- Maurice Pollock, a/k/a "Reese," age 22, of Baltimore;
- Shakeen Davis, a/k/a "Creams," age 22, of Baltimore;
- Delante Lee, a/k/a "Tay Tay," age 21, of Baltimore; and
The following 10 defendants were charged in the previous indictment and have pleaded guilty to their participation in the racketeering conspiracy:
- William Banks, a/k/a "Trouble," age 27, of Baltimore;
- Dominick Wedlock, a/k/a "Rage," and "Nick," age 29, of Baltimore;
- Dwight Jenkins, a/k/a "Huggie," and "Unc," age 48, of Baltimore;
- Melvin Lashley, a/k/a "Menace," age 26, of Baltimore;
- William Jones, a/k/a "Bill," and "Smalls," age 27, of Baltimore;
- Jarmal Harrid, a/k/a "J-Rock," and "PJ," age 27, of Gwynn Oak;
- Jamal Smith, a/k/a "Mal," and "Lil Mal," age 25, of Gwynn Oak;
- Charles Blackwell, a/k/a "Ci-Bo," and "Lil Charlie," age 21, of Woodlawn, Maryland;
- Kenneth Torry, a/k/a "Kenny," age 39, of Owings Mills;
- Jay Greer, a/k/a "Champagne," "Montana Gold," and "Slick," age 24, of Baltimore.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the ATF, Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police Departments, and the Baltimore City and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Offices for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Christina A. Hoffman, Lauren E. Perry, and Jason D. Medinger, who are prosecuting the case.