Starting in fall 2017, officials said, the men regularly purchased drugs in kilograms from a Miami-based drug trafficking organization, which had ties to Sinaloa and Tijuana Mexican drug cartels, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Thirteen people were indicted on gang charges--including the June 2017 killing of Sebastian Dvorak, a 27-year-old bartender, in Canton--following a yearlong investigation into a Bloods gang subset in East Baltimore, prosecutors announced Monday.
A new book claims two honor roll teens from Freddie Gray's neighborhood masterminded the April 2015 looting of pharmacies across Baltimore, then created an "Uber-like" encrypted delivery app to spread the drugs throughout the country in partnership with the Black Guerrilla Family, the hacktivist collective Anonymous, and El Chapo's Sinaloa cartel.
In August 2015, authorities say a "street lieutenant" for Brandon Pride's west side drug operation got caught with 52 bags of heroin. The lieutenant, 43-year-old Jason Summers, offered to cooperate with police, and later that night helped officers arrest another member of Pride's operation with 230 bags of heroin.
Two dozen alleged gang members in Baltimore have been indicted on federal racketeering and other charges after an investigation by local and federal law enforcement agencies determined the gang oversaw a violent drug operation associated with murder, assault, extortion, witness intimidation, money laundering and other crimes, prosecutors said Tuesday.
According to law enforcers in Maryland and Louisiana, Fred Douglas Brooks III is based in Houston and back to his old ways, overseeing the complex logistics of supplying kilograms of heroin from Mexican sources to wholesalers in Baltimore, New Orleans, New York, and elsewhere, and laundering the high-volume flow of cash that comes back to him in return.
Maryland gambling control officials said Tuesday they're "concerned" about allegations in other states involving the company building Baltimore's casino, Caesars Entertainment Corp., and are gathering information.
Corrections officer Katera Stevenson, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a racketeering charge, admitting her part in a Black Guerrilla Family gang network that smuggled drugs and other contraband into the Baltimore jail.
Barbara Poindexter saw the death of her son coming. She likens it to watching her mother's health deteriorate. In her son's case, death followed a slow and agonizing descent into gangs and criminal activity.
Additional indictments may be coming in the corruption scandal after alleged ringleader Tavon White tells investigators there were more prison employees engaged in smuggling contraband than the 13 already indicted
The alleged Black Guerrilla Family leader who is accused of masterminding a sophisticated operation to smuggle drugs and other contraband into the Baltimore City Detention Center will plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge, his attorney said Tuesday.
Memories of the1933 Baltimore kidnapping of Albert Hendler, scion of the Hendler Creamery Co. family, have recently been revived in an exhibition of documents relating to the case at the Crime Museum in Washington.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
The head of security at the Baltimore jail failed a polygraph test administered after a federal indictment alleged widespread corruption on her watch, corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard told lawmakers at a hearing in Annapolis.
Since emerging as regional power players in 2006, BGF members have extended their reach and influence well beyond Baltimore's limits. Records show gang members have had access to marijuana and the ability to intimidate non-gang-affiliated inmates in corrections facilities outside the city, as well.
Corrections officials are investigating whether an inmate at the Baltimore City Detention Center has been using a contraband cellphone to post photos and updates on Facebook and Instagram online accounts.
The Palestinian immigrant and his brother lived side-by-side in homes in West Ocean City, over the years opening a number of businesses throughout the area — three pizza shops, a Mexican restaurant, a liquor store, gas stations, and development companies, court records show.
The Baltimore City Detention Center had the second-highest rate of sexual contact between jail staff and inmates in the nation, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study released less than a month after federal prosecutors accused corrections officers at the jail of sleeping with gang members.
In the black market of Maryland's prisons and jails, where the right price can secure cellphones and drugs, transactions unfold through a complex system of currency. It uses 14-digit codes, prepaid debit cards and text messages.
By By Justin Fenton, Ian Duncan and Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun
A federal grand jury indicted 18 alleged gang members on racketeering charges, including a detainee at a state-managed detention center, news that could draw more scrutiny to the beleaguered state correctional system.
Months before an unsealed federal indictment blew the lid off allegations of widespread gang corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, those allegations were already common knowledge among many — including Shavella Miles, the jail's chief of security.
With the state corrections system already under scrutiny, the Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $40,000 settlement with a former inmate of the Baltimore jail who claimed he was assaulted by gang members for not assisting with a drug dealing operation.
As critics of Gov. Martin O'Malley sensed a new political vulnerability, he insisted Tuesday that last week's indictment of 25 inmates and correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center was "a positive achievement" in Maryland's fight against violent gangs.