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March 26, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PDL BLOODS MEMBER SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 22 YEARS FOR CONSPIRACY TO PARTICIPATE IN A RACKETEERING ENTERPRISE
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Antonio White, age 25, of Baltimore, today to 262 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise related to his gang activities as a PDL Blood. Judge Quarles also found that White is a career criminal based on two previous narcotics convictions.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.
On October 22, 2009, White was sentenced to 40 years in prison in Baltimore City Circuit Court after he pleaded guilty to second degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence in an unrelated case. Today’s federal sentence is to be served concurrent to the state sentence.
According to White’s plea agreement, in the early 1970s, a street gang that went by the name of “the Bloods” was formed in Los Angeles, California. The Bloods spread to other states and broke into individual units or “sets” – a term for a smaller criminal organization within the larger Bloods entity. Each sect was identified or affiliated with a certain street, neighborhood, or area. ATF agents in Baltimore have been investigating a Bloods sect known as the Pasadena Denver Lanes (also known as “the Lanes,” “PDL,” and “L-Gang”). This Baltimore street gang was responsible for the distribution of large quantities of illegal narcotics, including crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. The PDL gang also committed acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assaults, robberies, and other violent activities. Antonio White was a member of the PDL Bloods in Baltimore.
From at least January 2008 to May 2009, White participated in the PDL gang activities. Specifically, White sold heroin, crack cocaine, and other drugs, distributed heroin and crack cocaine to other PDL Bloods members and participated in gang sanctions and other violence against PDL members for disobedience. White was overheard on numerous calls discussing his involvement in drug trafficking and gang-related activities. White is responsible for the distribution of between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine and 3 to 10 kilograms of heroin during the course of the conspiracy.
Mr. Rosenstein and Mrs. Jessamy praised the ATF’s Violent Crime Impact Teams and the Baltimore City Police Department, for their investigation of this case.
The prosecutors expressed their appreciation to Secretary Gary D. Maynard and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for their assistance in the investigation.
Mr. Rosenstein and Mrs. Jessamy also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who are prosecuting the case, and Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Staci Pipkin and Brandis Marsh, who assisted in the prosecution.