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Thursday, July 12, 2018

BGF Member Pleads Guilty to a Drug Conspiracy and to Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime Resulting in Death

Admitted Murdering Two Individuals for Interfering in the Drug Trafficking Organization’s Operations

Baltimore, Maryland – Garrion McCellan, age 30, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to a drug conspiracy and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime causing death, in connection with his participation in a drug trafficking organization that operated in the 300 block of McMechan Avenue in Baltimore.  McCellan was an active member of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang during his participation in the drug conspiracy.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

According to his plea agreement, from at least July 2016 through April 28, 2016, MCellan conspired with others, including Jamal Carter and Dymir Rhodes, to distribute heroin and fentanyl in and around Pedestal Gardens, an apartment complex located in the 300 block of McMechan Street in Baltimore.  Carter, Rhodes, and others maintained a “stash” house in Catonsville, Maryland to store drugs and drug proceeds, and to process and package drugs for distribution.  Rhodes supplied McCellan with “packs” of heroin and/or fentanyl, which McCellan redistributed to drug users at Pedestal Gardens.  Each “pack” typically contained between 25 and 50 gel capsules of the drugs, totaling approximately 2.5 to 5 grams.  McCellan and other co-conspirators routinely distributed 40 to 50 packs of heroin and fentanyl in one day.

McCellan admitted that sometime before August 10, 2015, the alleged leader of the drug conspiracy ordered McCellan to kill a drug dealer who was encroaching on their organization’s drug territory.  On August 10, 2015, McCellan, Rhodes, and another conspirator went to the 1700 block of McCullough Street where they located the drug dealer outside a corner store.  McCellan shot the drug dealer several times, killing him.  Another person was found shot in the corner store, but survived.

As detailed in his plea agreement, on October 7, 2015, McCellan shot another individual at the direction of the leader of the drug organization, because that person was disrupting the organization’s drug operation by robbing drug dealers in the area.  On October 7, 2015, McCellan and Carter contacted the individual using the ruse that they wanted help to rob other drug dealers.  McCellan and Carter arranged to meet the victim in the 1400 block of Druid Hill Avenue.  While the victim was putting on gloves in preparation for the purported robbery, McCellan shot the victim multiple times at close range, killing him.

McCellan admitted that during his participation in the conspiracy he and his co-conspirators distributed between one and three kilograms of heroin.

McCellan and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement McCellan will be sentenced to between 300 and 360 months in prison.  U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for September 21, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.

Jamal Carter, age 24, and Dymir Rhodes, age 32, both of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug conspiracy, and were sentenced to 11 years and 10 years in prison, respectively.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the FBI, the Baltimore Police Department, and the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel C. Gardner and Christopher J. Romano, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Marcia Murphy (410) 209-4854
Updated July 12, 2018