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Final PDL Bloods Member Convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy and Sentenced to over 12 Years in Prison

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December 3, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland – Carlene Webster, aka “Lil Mama,” age 25, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. to 151 months followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang (PDL Bloods).  With today’s guilty plea, all 33 defendants charged in the indictment have been convicted.                          

            The guilty plea and sentence were 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.

            According to Webster’s plea agreement,  in the early 1970s, a street gang known as “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 set was identified or affiliated with a certain street, neighborhood, or area.  ATF agents in Baltimore have been investigating a Bloods set 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.  Webster was a member of the PDL in Baltimore.

            From at least January 2008 to June 2009, Webster participated in the PDL gang activities.  Webster sold crack cocaine and heroin, and engaged in gang missions, gang initiations and gang sanctions or violence against individuals in Maryland. The distribution of 100 grams of heroin and 500 grams of crack cocaine among the co-conspirators was reasonably foreseeable to Webster in the course of this racketeering conspiracy. 

            In addition, Webster obstructed justice in this case as she violated her conditions of pre-trial release and fled from authorities for approximately four months.  Webster failed to appear for her trial in this matter, previously scheduled for October 25, 2010.

            United States Attorney Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Jessamy 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 prosecuted the conspiracy case, and Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Staci Pipkin and Brandis Marsh, who assisted in the prosecution.

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