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Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty To Racketeering And Drug Trafficking Conspiracies Related To Involvement In “Murdaland Mafia Piru” Bloods Gang

BaltimoreMaryland –Delante Lee, a/k/a “Tay Tay,” age 22, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today in federal court to his participation in a racketeering conspiracy and drug trafficking conspiracy related to his involvement in the street gang Murdaland Mafia Piru, or MMP.

The guilty plea 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 James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

MMP, also known as the “Mob” or “Mobsters,” was a violent subset of the Bloods gang that operated in Maryland and elsewhere beginning in or about 2011. It was modeled after the Italian Mafia, and was organized hierarchically with a “Don” at the top and various “Bosses,” “Underbosses,” “Capos,” “Lieutenants,” and “Mobsters” underneath. For many years, MMP controlled the drug trade in large swaths of Northwest Baltimore City. 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’s members used violence and threats of violence—including murder—to intimidate or retaliate against witnesses, protect the gang’s territories, enforce debts, and eliminate rivals.

2 MS-13 gang members charged after remains of Md. man found in Frederick Co.

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — Two MS-13 gang members have been charged Tuesday after the remains of a missing man were found by a hiker in June 2017 in Frederick County, Maryland.

According to the Frederick News-Post, the charges were reportedly filed against gang members Darwin Alberto Arias-Meijia and Carlos Javier Hernandez Diaz.

Investigators identified the missing man as 37-year-old Victor Antonio Turcios-Valle from Silver Spring, Maryland, who was last seen by his family on April 2, 2017.

Montgomery County Executive asks for $850K in funding for new initiative to combat gangs

ROCKVILLE, Md. - In an effort to curb surging gang violence, Montgomery County plans to commit nearly $900,000 of additional funds to local law enforcement agencies.

FOX 5 obtained the proposal from County Executive Ike Leggett asking council for $596,920 for the police department and $246,773 for the state's attorney's office.

n the request, Leggett says, "both the Police Chief and State's Attorney have noted an increase in dangerous, and sometimes deadly, gang activity that must be addressed through both enhanced short-term and long-term strategies. It has become clear that additional resources are necessary to tackle this issue."

Six “Rollin’ 30s” Crips Gang Members Charged With Narcotics, Firearm and Racketeering Offenses

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Wednesday six members of the “Rollin’ 30s” Crips gang, a subset of Crips street gang, has been charged with narcotics, firearms and racketeering offenses.

The defendants named in the case include:

Walston Owen, aka “Purpose”

Richard Feliz, aka “Dirt”

Shaquille Bailey, aka “Shaq” and “Jefe”

Miguel Caba, aka “Miggs”

Nathanial Rodriguez, aka “Cook”

Lewis Turnbull, aka “Lew”

Additionally, Feliz was charged with the murder of Victor Chafla, an “innocent bystander in a March 26, 2015 homicide. Turnbull was only charged with one narcotics offense.

14 defendants face additional federal charges in alleged racketeering cases at ECI

ALTIMORE — A federal grand jury returned two superseding indictments charging 14 defendants with racketeering at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland.  The superseding indictments charged 6 correctional officers (COs), 4 inmates and 4 outside “facilitators,” for their roles in the conspiracy, which allegedly involved paying bribes to correctional officers to smuggle contraband, including narcotics, tobacco, and cell phones, into the prison.  The indictments were returned on Sept. 12 and made public the next day. 

The superseding indictments were announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Secretary Stephen T. Moyer of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. 

According to the superseding indictments, the Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) is the largest state prison in Maryland, operating since 1987 near Westover, in Somerset County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. ECI is a medium-security prison for men built as two identical compounds (East and West) on 620 acres, and housing more than 3,300 inmates. The East and West Compounds are further divided into Housing Units, 1 through 4 in the West and 5 through 8 in the East.

MS-13 members killed with rocks, machetes and brought Pine-Sol to clean up, court papers say

On or near New Year’s Day, members of the MS-13 gang beat and stabbed a young Virginia man using rocks, tree limbs and machetes, then sank his body in the water with a rock, according to prosecutors in Alexandria federal court.

Christian Alexander Sosa Rivas, 21, was lured to the Potomac River in Dumfries with an offer from a girl he once dated to smoke marijuana, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit unsealed Tuesday after four suspects appeared in court on murder charges.

“Comes what may,” one alleged participant texted another after Sosa Rivas’s corpse was found along the side of the river two weeks later.

“Yes, dog, for cause of La Mara Salvatrucha,” the other replied.

Jose Martir Larios Espenal, 20, or “Cannabis”; Samuel Enrique Villalobos Sanchez, 18, or “Rasta”; Edgar Oswaldo Blanco Torres, 24, nicknamed “Wizard”; and Dimas Misael Canales Santos, 27, or “Arcangel,” are charged with murder in the aid of racketeering and potentially face death sentences. So does Keyri Sujey Portillo Gonzalez, 18, known as “Katty Colon,” who prosecutors say helped lure Sosa Rivas to the woods and brought Pine-Sol to clean blood off the men’s machetes.

Raid continues police targeting of violent West Baltimore neighborhood where 15-year-old boy was killed

Police this week raided the West Baltimore home of an alleged Crip gang member as part of a broader effort to stem violence in the neighborhood where a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot last month, according to police and court records.

During the raid in the 1000 block of Myrtle Ave., in the city’s Heritage Crossing neighborhood, officers recovered two handguns, one of which had been stolen in Towson; several kinds of ammunition; varying amounts of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, codeine and the prescription painkiller Tramadol; and materials for cooking, cutting and packaging the drugs, according to court records.

In an Elmo backpack, they found some of the fentanyl, a dangerous opioid more than 50 times as powerful as heroin, and an illegal gun magazine capable of holding up to 30 rounds, according to the records. Additional rounds were found inside of a child’s shoe, the records said.

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