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PDL Bloods Member Sentenced to over 10 Years in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Antoine Davis, a/k/a “Pusher” and “Pen,” age 26, of Baltimore, today to 121months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in the racketeering enterprise activities of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang (PDL Bloods).

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.

According to Davis’ plea agreement, Davis was a member of the PDL Bloods, a violent gang with members operating in Baltimore. PDL Bloods originated from a street gang known as “the Bloods” that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. As time passed, the Bloods spread to other locations and broke into individual “sets.” One such Bloods set based in southern California was called Pasadena Denver Lanes. 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.

As part of his gang activities, Davis sold crack cocaine and heroin and participated in gang sanctions and other violence against PDL members and rival gang members. Davis admitted that he is responsible for the distribution of between approximately one and three pounds of crack cocaine and over two pounds of heroin.

United States Attorney Rosenstein commended the ATF and Baltimore City Police Department for their work in this case and expressed his appreciation to Secretary Gary D. Maynard and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for their assistance in the investigation.

Mr. Rosenstein also thanked Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Staci Pipkin and Brandis Marsh, who assisted in the prosecution, and 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 this case.

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