West Baltimore 'Trained to Go' gang members found guilty of dealing heroin, murdering rivals

In a verdict celebrated by the city’s interim police commissioner and the U.S. attorney for Maryland, a federal jury convicted eight men Wednesday of racketeering crimes as part of a murderous West Baltimore heroin crew known as “Trained To Go.”

The jury found members of the gang murdered nine people, threatened witnesses and dealt large quantities of heroin — at least 1,000 grams — around the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Jurors deliberated one week before finding all eight men guilty. The convictions represent the latest victory for prosecutors who have been turning to the federal racketeering act to lock up Baltimore’s street gangs.

“We are not letting up,” pledged Robert Hur, the U.S. attorney for Maryland. “These defendants were responsible for a staggering amount of violence.