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Alleged Howard County Bloods Gang Members Arrested, Indicted

Federal authorities say the gang members have been operating in Howard County for three years.

Nearly 20 alleged members of the Howard County Bloods gang were indicted Wednesday on federal racketeering charges after 25 search warrants were executed across the county, including in Elkridge,  according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

Two of the alleged Bloods members and three additional people were also charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs.

“The indictment unsealed today shows that no community is immune to gang and drug activity, but it also demonstrates our commitment to ridding our neighborhoods of this criminal element,” Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said in a statement. 

“That’s why I have made our participation in this task force a priority and I am grateful to all our partners.  Gang members who commit crimes should know that they will not be tolerated in Howard County or throughout Maryland.”

According to the indictment, members of the Howard County Bloods gang have been operating in Howard County since 2010. The gang sold drugs, broke into homes and commited other crimes. According to the indictment, a gang member’s participation in criminal and violent acts “increased the respect accorded to that member,” and could result in “promotion” within the gang’s hierarchy.

Eighteen of the defendants were members of the Bloods, according to the indictment. The gang members and associates allegedly kept shared firearms, sold drugs and used the money from drug sales, burglaries, robberies and home invasions to finance gang activities. 

Each of the 18 people charged in the racketeering conspiracy faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and each of the five charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

“I am confident that ATF’s successful execution of more than 40 federal arrest and search warrants made a significant impact on violent crime in our Maryland communities,” Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the ATF - Baltimore Field Division, said in a statement.  “ATF continues to work with its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in order to bring violent criminals to justice.” 

Charged in the racketeering conspiracy:

  • Giovanni Wright, a/k/a "G," age 20, of Elkridge
  • Ryan Gladden, a/k/a "Fats," age 25, of Baltimore              
  • Anthony Preston, a/k/a "40," and "Tone," age 26, of Randallstown 
  • Heather Carter, a/k/a "hunnilynn," age 29, of Columbia
  • Kyle Austin, a/k/a "Fowdy," age 21, of Baltimore                        
  • James Bieryla, a/k/a "Brea," and "Braze," age 21, of Ellicott City 
  • Russell Canty, a/k/a "Rek," age 20, of Baltimore
  • Van Albert Carroll, Jr., a/k/a "Kool-Aid," age 19, of Ellicott City  
  • Russell Chesson, a/k/a "Black," age 30, of Washington, D.C.
  • Corey Conaway, a/k/a "KC," age 30, of Columbia
  • Adrian Freeman, a/k/a "Sleep," age 23, of Laurel 
  • Kevin Jarrell, a/k/a "K-Dog," 24, of College Park 
  • Michael Dominique Johnson, a/k/a "Ace", age 19, of Columbia
  • Faisal Lelo Mapangala, a/k/a "Pistol," age 21, of Jessup 
  • Christopher Lloyd McGann, age 21, of Columbia
  • Kenneth Ragan-Armstrong, a/k/a "Keezy," age 22, of Savage 
  • David Jerome Robertson; age 22, of Columbia 
  • Bamba Omar Saine, age 22, of Columbia.

Three other defendants are charged in narcotics conspiracies:

  • Giovanni Wright, a/k/a "G," age 20, of Elkridge
  • Anthony Louis Jones, age 26, of Columbia 
  • Wendy Farhat, age 38, of Gaithersburg  
  • Troy Fowler, age 23, of Laurel
  • Anthony Preston, a/k/a "40," and "Tone," age 26, of Randallstown 

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Dave A. May 09, 2013 at 11:27 AM
I wonder how many people are waking up this morning and saying " but I never thought this could happen here"!
Polly May 09, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I don't live in a fantasy world so I'm not surprised at all. I wish law enforcement knew sooner to prevent them from growing. It does make me wonder however, why the more violence you perpetrate the higher you move up the ladder, what are/were they missing that made them go down this road. I imagine it's absentee parents. Parents that didn't parent at all and were ill equipped to do so. I raised a son alone and it was work. But, I made a vow to him when he was born that he would always come first. I did just that and the other things like my job/career kept after. And just so you all know, I did not use any government money at all. I earned a living sufficient to raise him alone without those things, as it would be wrong to do otherwise. Where there's a will, there's a way.
Dave A. May 09, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Looking at some of the Howard county addresses and the ages of the arrested, they were living in somewhat nice areas of the county. So parents were involved somewhere I am sure. As for the police not knowing, well they have been tracking gang Movement in the county since the early to mid nineties. They knew they were here. It is a secret well kept from the communities to make the county appear safer then it really is!
CAW21227 May 10, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Dave, These are not 15 year olds you are talking about. Look at their ages, they have been out from under Mommas thumb for a long time. You are right though about things being kept secret from residents so they think they are safer than they really are. Columbia is a perfect example. I think that Section 8 housing can be blamed for most of the problems in Howard County. It is what allows people you wouldn't want to be associated with otherwise to live next door to you. No one ever looks at that program and see it for what it is. All it is doing is moving Baltimore City crime further west. I apologize in advance to all those who are in Section 8 housing who behave themselves properly, I wish there were more of you and less of them.
Dave A. May 13, 2013 at 06:16 PM
If you look at some of the addresses some are living with parents. The areas they are in are not all section 8 housing. I agree that some section 8 residents bring trouble but some of these thugs are little upper middle class " wanna be " thugs that momma and daddy say do no wrong. As retired law enforcement I have seen this first hand in middle class families. Surprisingly, while there was only one residential parent in the home BOTH were active in the up bringing of the child. The problem of growing wanna be thugs is a National trend and one that governments often ignore as does most of society.
Pam Wadford August 31, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I'm sorry CAW21227 that is how you feel about section 8 housing, not all families living on section 8 are bad neighbors, they may be single moms struggling to make a home for her children . I must live in a different world than you . I try to teach my grandchildren that we are all the same inside while you apparently teach prejudice and hatred. I'm sure they don't want to live next to you any more than you want to live next to them. I own my home and have a very close family and I am glad they weren't raised next to you. Then they would know hatred.

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