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Alleged member of violent ‘Trained to Go’ Baltimore gang pleads guilty to racketeering, drug charges

A Baltimore man charged with dealing drugs and participating in robberies on behalf of the violent “Trained to Go” gang pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and drug conspiracy charges Monday.

Roger Taylor, also known as “Milk,” admitted to his role in selling drugs in West Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood on behalf of the gang as he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in a news release. In his plea agreement, Taylor acknowledged participating in a drug distribution conspiracy that sold between 15 and 50 kilograms worth of cocaine in the city.

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An attorney for Taylor did not respond to a request for comment.

The investigation began when investigators found 9.9 kilograms of cocaine that was set to be mailed to a fictitious person in Windsor Mill on Aug. 10, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote.

Investigators linked the packages to Taylor when, after the post office deemed them undeliverable because of a false address, he called to request that they be delivered to a different address, the office wrote.

Taylor also admitted to providing a car on Jan. 22, 2016, to two other gang members, who were searching for a person who’d robbed a Trained to Go member of a small amount of narcotics, the office wrote. The two fled from police after they crashed the car into a snow bank, the office wrote.

Taylor faces 11 to 14 years in prison and his sentencing is scheduled for April 1, the office wrote.

His guilty plea is the latest conviction in a number of federal criminal cases linked back to the gang.

The office wrote that two other members, John Lewis Harrison, 29, and Taurus Tillman, 30, both of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to assaulting employees of the U.S. Marshals Service “while they were detained and being transported to and from the courtroom.”

Tillman and Harrison admitted to assaulting two deputy U.S. marshals and a U.S. District Court security officer Sept. 21, 2018, as they were being transported from the courtroom for a break in a trial, the office wrote.

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Tillman, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of racketeering and drug conspiracy charges, was sentenced to an additional year in prison, the office wrote.

Harrison is scheduled to be sentenced April 29.

In September, Dennis Pulley, 31, was sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was convicted of racketeering conspiracy to commit eight murders and threatening to kill a witness on the stand during trial.

Two months earlier, Timothy Floyd, 28, of Baltimore, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he also was convicted of a racketeering conspiracy to commit eight murders as well as witness intimidation and drug trafficking charges.

Montana Baronette, the leader of the gang and dubbed the city’s “No. 1 trigger puller” by police, was sentenced to life in federal prison last February after he was convicted of drug and racketeering conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said Baronette was responsible for six of the nine murders tied to the gang.

Several other people, including Baronette’s brother Terrell Sivells, received sentences of as little as five years to as long as life in prison for their involvement in the gang.

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