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BGF Leader Sentenced to Five Years in Prison For Participating in a Racketeering Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Kimberly McIntosh, age 43, of Baltimore, today to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to conduct and participate in the activities of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF), a racketeering enterprise.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Secretary Gary D. Maynard of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

“Today's sentencing of Ms. McIntosh closes the book on an individual who enforced the rules and regulations for the Black Guerilla Family organization,” stated Drug Enforcement Administration, Special Agent in Charge, Ava A. Cooper-Davis. “Ms. McIntosh will now spend years in a federal prison, as she deserves, because of the outstanding police work done by all law enforcement agencies involved," added Cooper-Davis.

BGF is a nationwide gang operating in prison facilities and major cities throughout the United States. Founded in California in the 1960s and introduced into the Maryland correctional system in the mid 1990s, BGF in Maryland is increasingly active on the streets of Baltimore City, as well as in various prison facilities in Maryland.

According to her plea agreement, from 2006 through June 2010, McIntosh was a leader of BGF, enforcing discipline in the gang, and directing and participating in the drug trafficking activities of the gang. McIntosh stored heroin and packaging material at her residence in the 1100 block of Homewood Avenue; processed heroin for street level distribution on behalf of BGF; and sold heroin to fellow BGF members. McIntosh is responsible for possessing with intent to distribute between 700 grams and one kilogram of heroin.

McIntosh also hosted and participated in meetings of high ranking members of BGF at her home, where racketeering activities, including drug trafficking, robberies and retaliation against rival gangs and BGF members who broke protocol, were discussed.

McIntosh assisted BGF members in financing the racketeering enterprise. She formulated a plan to have each BGF commander on the streets of Baltimore raise $3,000 from his subordinates and transfer those funds to BGF’s central “treasury.” In addition, McIntosh collected membership dues from members, which were paid in part by the racketeering acts committed by members of the conspiracy.

All the indicted high ranking members of BGF, and their associates, including four employees of state prisons, have pleaded guilty to charges relating to their BGF activities.

Mr. Rosenstein praised the DEA; Baltimore City Police Department; Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office; and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for their work in this investigation and prosecution; as well as the Baltimore County Police Department; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington D.C. Field Office, for their assistance.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Antonio Gioia, Miabeth Marosy and Rebecca Cox, for their work in the investigation and prosecution, and Assistant United States Attorneys James T. Wallner and Clinton J. Fuchs, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.


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