indictment

A federal grand jury has returned a nine-count racketeering indictment for 14 alleged members of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang, bringing the total number of BGF members and associates indicted in federal court since April 2009 to 118.

The indictment, which was unsealed June 11, charges the 14 men with conspiring to violate federal racketeering and drug trafficking laws. Two defendants also are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and attempted murder in aid of racketeering. Four defendants are charged with using a gun in relation to violent crimes; and one defendant also faces charges of drug trafficking, possession of a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking and illegal possession of a gun.

“Federal, state and local agencies have joined to target leaders and key members of violent gangs operating in Baltimore City,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Today’s indictment alleges that the Black Guerilla Family gang is an organized criminal enterprise with leaders and members who deal drugs and commit violent crimes. Anyone who joins a criminal gang can be held accountable for all crimes committed by fellow gang members.”

According to prosecutors, the defendants—mostly Baltimore residents—worked together to further the business of BGF through a pattern of criminal activity from at least 2012 to the present, engaging in murder, extortion, robbery, and retaliation against a witness or informant.

The men also were charged with trafficking heroin, cocaine base (crack), cocaine and oxycodone to customers in the Baltimore area, including the area of Pratt and Payson streets, a BGF-controlled drug shop at Baltimore and Catherine streets, on Lemmon Street, and also to customers in Howard County, Md.

The list of defendants includes:

  • Timothy Michael Gray, a/k/a “Mike Gray,” “Uncle Mike,”  “MG,” and “M”, age 47,
  • Robert Nedd, a/k/a “Pizza,” and “P,” age 44
  • Mark Bazemore, a/k/a “Uncle Mark,” age 30
  • Marshall Spence, “a/k/a “Uncle M,” age 33
  • Irvin Vincent, a/k/a “O,” and “O-dog,” age 26, of Hanover, Md.
  • Glendrict Frazier, a/k/a “Glen” and “Uncle Glen,” age 51
  • Timothy Hurtt, a/k/a “Uncle Tim,” and “Tim,” age 44
  • William Harrington, a/k/a “Boosie” and “Boosey,” age 34
  • Tyrone Franklin, a/k/a “Bones,” age 35
  • Troy Kellam, a/k/a “G,” age 29
  • Calvin Palmer, a/k/a “C,” age 21,
  • Davon Robinson, a/k/a “Veeto,” age 26,
  • Michael Smith, Jr., a/k/a “Mikey,” “Lil Mike,” and “Mik,” age 29, and
  • Daquan Burman, a/k/a “Day-Day,” age 20.

The defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison on the racketeering and drug conspiracy charges, and additional years on some of the other counts.