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The New Yorker steps into the BGF fray

April 10, 2014
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The New Yorker steps into the BGF fray

The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin came to town and recapped the Black Guerrilla Family-controlled-the-jail saga very ably, (paywalled link) noting (again) BGF’s roots in the ‘60s “Black Power” movement, former BGF honcho Eric Brown‘s “Black Book” and, of course, plenty of lurid dialogue helpfully wiretapped into court documents by the feds. If you’ve been...
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Safe Streets Mondawmin Shut Down After New Gun Arrest

December 12, 2013
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Safe Streets Mondawmin Shut Down After New Gun Arrest

Baltimore’s Safe Streets program took another blow yesterday when the Baltimore Department of Health abruptly shuttered the Mondawmin branch after another of its workers was arrested. Levar Mullen, 33, faces drug and gun charges after police stopped his pickup truck and found a loaded Glock .45. As a convicted murderer, Mullen is not allowed...
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Marilyn Mosby running for States Attorney

June 21, 2013
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Marilyn Mosby running for States Attorney

Marilyn Mosby, a former assistant prosecutor and wife of 7th District City Council freshman Nick Mosby, announced today (again) that she will be announcing her candidacy for States Attorney. Mosby set up a website and a campaign committee and told the Baltimore Sun in late April that she was throwing her hat in the...
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Evidence seized in FBI’s BGF prison-corruption raids documented in federal court

June 11, 2013
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About five weeks after the unsealing of the racketeering indictment against members of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang and their alleged correctional-officer comrades, on May 31 court documents were publicly docketed that summarize what law enforcers took from 13 Baltimore-area locations during early-morning raids on Apr. 23. What follows is a summary,...
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Judge grants second BGF RICO defendant’s request for federal custody

June 4, 2013
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Steven Loney, one of the inmates charged in the racketeering indictment involving members of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang and correctional officers (COs) alleged to have facilitated their criminal conduct in the Baltimore City Detention Center (“Corrupt to the Core,” Mobtown Beat, May 1), was ordered yesterday to “be expeditiously returned to...
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Judge schedules two-month jury trial in BGF racketeering case, starting June 2014

May 15, 2013
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Maryland U.S. District judge Ellen Hollander today issued a scheduling and discovery order in the Black Guerrilla Family prison-gang racketeering case that has caused a national sensation since the indictment was unsealed on Apr. 23, exposing anew Maryland’s longstanding problem of correctional corruption. The two-month jury trial, scheduled to start on June 9, 2014,...
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Former Federal Fugitive Sentenced to Court Costs for Heroin Possession

May 22, 2012
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Former Federal Fugitive Sentenced to Court Costs for Heroin Possession

Roosevelt Drummond had a good day on April 25, when longstanding federal charges against him, filed as part of a complex set of indictments stemming from a lengthy investigation into Maryland’s Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, were dropped at the request of the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office. That meant the 62-year-old was no longer...
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RICO Indictment Unsealed in Maryland against Black Guerrilla Family Prison Gang

July 6, 2010
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RICO Indictment Unsealed in Maryland against Black Guerrilla Family Prison Gang

The U.S. Attorneys Office in Maryland sent out an e-mail this morning about a press conference scheduled to start at 1 p.m. today “to announce an indictment on federal racketeering charges.” Later, it sent out a copy of the indictment, revealing that the press conference will unveil the expected RICO indictment of members of...
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Loophole Nation

June 24, 2010
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Loophole Nation

Without a loophole to grab hold of, every entrepreneur is threatened.
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Youth Today Gets the COIL Angle of the BGF Case

May 3, 2010
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The recent heroin-trafficking indictment of alleged members of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang in Baltimore got some serious drill-down treatment May 1 by monthly trade publication Youth Today, which is published in Washington, D.C. by the American Youth Work Center. Youth Today’s target audience is people working with children and youth, and...
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COIL’s Director Reacts to Gang Indictment of Non Profit’s Employees

April 22, 2010
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The same day that two community-outreach workers for Communities Organized to Improve Life (COIL) were arrested with 11 other defendants accused of drug-dealing on behalf of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang, the West Baltimore nonprofit’s executive director, Stacy Smith, was interviewed by BMore News about the federal indictment. In the video of...
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BGF Raids Turn Up Evidence of Prison Gang’s Drug-Dealing, But Also Its Ideology

April 22, 2010
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BGF Raids Turn Up Evidence of Prison Gang’s Drug-Dealing, But Also Its Ideology

The Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang’s alleged drug-dealing and violence, as described in court documents released as more than a dozen accused members were arrested on Apr. 12, are typical of Baltimore’s crime scene. What’s less prosaic about the BGF cases—including last year’s charges, when 25 other alleged members, many of them inmates,...
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