Baltimore, Md. (WUSA9) -- 18 alleged members of the Howard County Bloods gang has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
They have been charged with federal racketeering charges and charged three other defendants and two of the alleged Bloods gang members, with conspiracy to distribute drugs, officials said.
It took approximately 200 agents and officers in today's arrests and search warrants. The indictment and a search warrant affidavit were unsealed today upon the arrests of 15 defendants and the execution of 25 search warrants, officials said.
"The indictment unsealed today shows that no community is immune to gang and drug activity, but it also demonstrates our commitment to ridding our neighborhoods of this criminal element," said Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon.
The Bloods is a national criminal street gang with members operating in and around Howard County, Maryland.
In a press release it states, "..the Bloods committed acts of violence both within the gang, to maintain discipline, and against rival gangs. The indictment alleges that the defendants and other members and associates of the Bloods maintained and shared firearms for use in criminal activity by fellow gang members. The defendants and other Bloods members and associates allegedly distributed drugs, including marijuana and oxycodone (Percocet), codeine, and MDMA (Ecstasy), and used the proceeds of those drug transactions to help finance the gang's illegal activities."
The following are names of defendants who have been charged in the racketeering conspiracy:
Ryan Gladden, a/k/a "Fats," age 25, of Baltimore;
Anthony Preston, a/k/a "40," and "Tone," age 26, of Randallstown, Maryland;
Giovanni Wright, a/k/a "G," age 20, of Elkridge, Maryland;
Heather Carter, a/k/a "hunnilynn," age 29, of Columbia, Maryland
Kyle Austin, a/k/a "Fowdy," age 21, of Baltimore;
James Bieryla, a/k/a "Brea," and "Braze," age 21, of Ellicott City, Maryland;
Russell Canty, a/k/a "Rek," age 20, of Baltimore;
Van Albert Carroll, Jr., a/k/a "Kool-Aid," age 19, of Ellicott City;
Russell Chesson, a/k/a "Black," age 30, of Washington, D.C.;
Corey Conaway, a/k/a "KC," age 30, of Columbia;
Adrian Freeman, a/k/a "Sleep," age 23, of Laurel, Maryland;
Kevin Jarrell, a/k/a "K-Dog," 24, of College Park, Maryland;
Michael Dominique Johnson, a/k/a "Ace", age 19, of Columbia;
Faisal Lelo Mapangala, a/k/a "Pistol," age 21, of Jessup, Maryland;
Christopher Lloyd McGann, age 21, of Columbia;
Kenneth Ragan-Armstrong, a/k/a "Keezy," age 22, of Savage, Maryland;
David Jerome Robertson; age 22, of Columbia; and
Bamba Omar Saine, age 22, of Columbia.
Three other defendants are charged in narcotics conspiracies:
Wendy Farhat, age 38, of Gaithersburg, Maryland;
Anthony Louis Jones, age 26, of Columbia; and
Troy Fowler, age 23, of Laurel.
Each of the 18 defendants charged in the racketeering conspiracy faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and each of the five defendants charged in narcotics conspiracies faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, officials said.