U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Maryland
36 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2692
TTY/TDD: (410) 962-4462
For Immediate Release
March 5, 2010
Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney
Contacts: Vickie E. LeDuc, Public Information Officer
(410) 962-3091 (fax)
Two PDL Bloods Gang Members Sentenced to a Total of More Than 33 Years in Prison For Federal Racketeering Conspiracy
Baltimore, Maryland – 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). Judge Quarles enhanced Banks’ sentence upon
finding that he was a career offender based on three prior drug convictions.
The sentence was announced 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; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.
According to their plea agreements, Banks and Williams are members of PDL Bloods, a
violent gang with members operating in Baltimore. PDL Bloods originated from a street gang
known as “the Bloods” that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. As time
passed, the Bloods spread to other locations and broke into individual “sets.” One such Bloods
set based in southern California was called Pasadena Denver Lanes. The PDL Bloods gang
members conspired to engage in criminal activity, including attempted murders, assaults,
robberies and drug trafficking, from at least January 2008 to the present. Banks and Williams sold heroin and crack cocaine and participated in gang sanctions and
other violence against PDL members, rival gang members, and random victims. Banks and
Williams were recorded on numerous wiretap calls discussing their involvement in drug
trafficking and gang-related activities. Banks used firearms to rob victims and businesses in
Maryland, obtaining money, jewelry, firearms, and narcotics, and was responsible for the
distribution of at least two pounds of heroin and at least a pound of crack cocaine. Williams was
responsible for the distribution of between a pound and three pounds of crack cocaine and
approximately a quarter pound of heroin during the course of this racketeering conspiracy.
United States Attorney Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Jessamy
expressed their appreciation to Secretary Gary D. Maynard and the Maryland Department of
Public Safety and Correctional Services for their assistance in the gang investigation.
In a related case, Judge Quarles sentenced Banks to 92 months in prison, followed by
three years of supervised release, to be served concurrent to the racketeering sentence, for illegal
possession of a gun. According to Bank’s plea agreement in that case, on November 27, 2007,
Banks was a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over by members of the Baltimore
Police Department. As officers approached the vehicle, Banks appeared to be securing his
waistband area. Banks began to open the door and officers commanded him to stand still. After
Banks continued to move his hands in his waist band area as if trying to secure something,
officers ordered Banks to the ground and conducted a pat-down. During the patdown, officers
recovered from Banks’ waist area a black semi-automatic 9mm handgun loaded with a magazine
and 17 bullets. Further investigation showed that the firearm was stolen. Due to prior felony
convictions, Banks was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Banks is currently in state custody on unrelated state charges and will begin serving his
federal sentence at the conclusion of any state proceedings.
Mr. Rosenstein and Mrs. Jessamy thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley and
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant
State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the RICO conspiracy case, and
Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Staci Pipkin and Brandis Marsh, who assisted in the