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DEA Case in Baltimore Alleges Prison Gang Infiltrating Non-Profit Anti-Gang Organizations

The line between good and evil can be awfully blurred in the criminal world. Baltimore City Paper investigative reporter Van Smith lays out a DEA case which alleges that the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF), a violent nationwide prison gang with hooks in Baltimore, is infiltrating the ranks of non-profit, anti-gang organizations. It’s a disturbing revelation.

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By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — “I need you down here. Cause I’m down here with the brothers, Meech and all them,” Todd Andrew Duncan tells someone known as “Killa” over his cell phone on the afternoon of March 27.

“Where at?” Killa asks. Duncan replies, “Down by my job.”

Duncan’s job was as a youth counselor for Communities Organized to Improve Life Inc. (COIL), a nonprofit whose mission is to provide job-skills training and anti-violence intervention in the West Baltimore neighborhoods it serves.

But law enforcers, who were listening in on Duncan’s conversation with Killa, say Duncan is also the city-wide commander for the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) on the streets of Baltimore. The BGF, a nationwide prison gang known for its violence, radical political philosophy, and disciplined organization, has been increasingly noted in recent years for its influence outside of prison in Baltimore.

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Wiretaps Helps Maryland Feds and Locals Bust 24 People Linked to “Black Guerilla Family” Gang Including Prison Guards

baltimoreThis is a case right out the HBO show “The Wire”; prison guards and  drug dealers.  Authorities were able to listen in on conversations of smuggled prison cell phones.
By Justin Fenton
Baltimore Sun
   
A seven-month investigation that included wiretaps on contraband prison cell phones led to the indictment of 24 people, including four state prison officers, who authorities believe were part of a prison gang that extorted protection money from other inmates, directed drug distribution and arranged attacks on witnesses.

Federal and local law enforcement officials said the suspects are affiliated with the Black Guerilla Family, and placed “hits” on suspected informants and discussed robberies of drug dealers and assaults on rival gang members. Authorities say the investigation helped provide real-time intelligence to the Department of Corrections.

Among those charged was Eric Brown, the alleged leader of the BGF in Maryland, and Tomeka Harris, the operator of the Northeast Baltimore establishment Club 410 that was shut down by police last month. Harris had scoffed at allegations at a hearing that the club was associated with the gang, and testified that the club had a positive impact on the community.

On Monday afternoon, police say they broke up a Black Guerilla Family gang meeting in Druid Hill Park in which 100 to 200 people had gathered. Court documents show that police recovered gang handbooks and a list of members who had violated gang rules.

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