Howard County Bloods Gang Member Exiled To Over 16 Years In Prison In Racketeering Conspiracy
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Kenneth Ragan-Armstrong, a/k/a "Keezy," age 23, of Savage and Laurel, Maryland, today to 193 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to participate in a racketeering conspiracy and using a gun during a crime of violence.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner; and Howard County State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino.
“Howard County police and prosecutors are working closely with federal agencies to identify and disrupt gangs responsible for violence in the county,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his plea agreement, Ragan-Armstrong was a member of the Bloods, a national criminal street gang. Beginning in at least 2010, Ragan-Armstrong founded “Cut Throat Committee,” or “CTC,” a gang whose members are associated with and/or members of the Bloods gang. CTC operated in and around Howard County, Maryland, and many of the members attended high school together.
Among his criminal activities as a gang member, Ragan-Armstrong admitted that he committed at least two armed robberies of individuals in which drugs, cash and/or other items were stolen. During one of the robberies, a home invasion in Laurel, Maryland, he pistol whipped the victim on the head resulting in serious bodily injury. Ragan-Armstrong regularly sold drugs, primarily marijuana.
On May 8, 2013, Ragan-Armstrong was arrested along with 20 others connected with the Bloods. Law enforcement seized a mask, digital scale, 2 ½ ounces of marijuana packaged for distribution and $371 from an apartment used by Ragan-Armstrong.
During a two day sentencing hearing on July 25 and July 28, 2014, evidence was presented relating to Ragan-Armstrong’s use and sale of weapons used by him and other CTC gang members. The guns were used for protection and to rob individuals who also sold drugs – known by gang members as “licks.” Witnesses also testified about Ragan-Armstrong’s participation in a sexual assault that occurred in December 2010 at an apartment in Catonsville, Maryland known by CTC as the “40 House.” The Court credited the evidence of the sexual assault when it imposed sentence.
Judge Russell sentenced David Jerome Robertson, age 23, of Columbia, Maryland on July 23, 2014 to 81 months in prison for his participation in the conspiracy. In addition to Ragan-Armstrong and Robertson, nine other defendants have pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy, as the result of a two year long investigation by the ATF and Howard County Police Department into Bloods/CTC gang activity in Howard County. Three other individuals pled guilty to narcotics trafficking and five defendants are scheduled for trial on October 14, 2014.
Mr. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Howard County Police Department and Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra Wilkinson and Rachel M. Yasser, who prosecuted the case.
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