Alleged drug dealers arrested for trafficking in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Baltimore Police and the ATF say they busted a violent drug trafficking organization Wednesday morning. 

17 suspects were arrested in the raid and three people are still wanted. 

A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging thirteen defendants with conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

The superseding indictment, which was unsealed today, charges the defendants with distribution of heroin and cocaine. One defendant is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. One defendant is further charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The following defendants are charged in the indictment unsealed today:

  • Rodney Addison, a.k.a. “Black,” a.k.a. “Freddy,” age 39, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Deandre Anderson, a.k.a. “Meatball,” age 22, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kurt Atkins, age 55, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jackie Bagley, a.k.a. “Bruce,” a.k.a. “Juice,” a.k.a. “Juicy,” age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Vernon Bartee, age 51, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Johntae Brown, a.k.a. “Tipp,” age 19, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dominic Durham, a.k.a. “Nick,” age 18, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Wilbur Forrester, a.k.a. “Man Man,” a.k.a. “Dreads,” age 38; of Joppa, Maryland
  • Keith Johnson, a.k.a. “Tree,” age 46, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Antonio Jones, a.k.a. “Dre,” age 23, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Andrew Manuel, a.k.a. “Low Low, age 21, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Stancil McNair, a.k.a. “Deandre,” a.k.a. “Do-do,” age 20, of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Ernest McRae, a.k.a. “Rat,” a.k.a. “Man Man,” age 37, of Baltimore, Maryland

Federal officials say this particular drug organization ran an open air drug market in the 1100 block of N. Montford Avenue in East Baltimore.

RELATED: ATF gun tracing van yields leads in city violence

ATF started investigating the organization by tracing a gun this past summer. ABC2 News was there when the gun was seized. 

The ATF says the gun tracing van helped develop this case.

"NIBIN is connecting the dots to bring us to your doorstep," said Danny Board, Special Agent in Charge, at a press conference. 

All of the defendants face a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy charge with the exception of Manuel and Durham who face a maximum of 20 years in prison. McRae faces 15 to life on the felon in possession of a firearm charge.

 

McNair faces a minimum of 5 years in prison to run consecutive with a maximum sentence of life for the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

 

Ten defendants have been detained. The whereabouts of Wilbur Forrester, Antonio Jones, and Dominic Durham are unknown.

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