The leader of a Bloods gang network that operated from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in federal court Wednesday and was sentenced on the spot to 30 years in prison.
Andre Roach, 35, used the nickname Redrum — an allusion to the movie The Shining — and founded a branch of the gang in 2005, according to his plea agreement, directing the sale of drugs and sanctioning beatings of members who ran afoul of a strict code of rules.
In addition to trafficking cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana to customers around Maryland, the gang engaged in violent crime, organizing a murder, attempted murders and home invasions.
Roach was recruited into the gang while he was in prison and eventually given authority to start his own group, which he ran with the help of Monique Hagler, who was known as the gang's "first lady." Roach issued public letters to the gang, and its members met to discuss its activities, police tactics and to welcome new recruits.
Hagler, has pleaded guilty but not been sentenced, and her attorney declined to comment. Roach's attorney could not be reached.