A federal grand jury has indicted 10 alleged members of the "Eight Tray Gangsta Crips" gang in Baltimore.
“Members of the ‘ETG’ Crips used violence as their calling card, leaving that card all over this neighborhood with a goal of flooding the streets with fear while they tried to tear down our neighborhoods. We cannot let them get away with it,” said Jennifer C. Boone, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Baltimore Field Office.
Prosecutors say subsets of the gang controlled the drug game in particular territories of the city, including the intersections of West Baltimore and South Hilton Streets, West Lexington Street and North Fremont Avenue, and Frankford Avenue and Sinclair Lane.
From at least 2008, its alleged that members participated in a racketeering conspiracy that included murder, robbery, drug distribution, witness tampering, and witness retaliation.
One of the accused leaders is Trayvon Hall.
Around 2013, Hall flew to California to meet with leaders of the original chapter, to get their official approval for a startup in Baltimore.
They allegedly opened drug shops in Baltimore, where they began selling heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.
Anyone who tried dealing in those areas who weren't members of the gang were met with violence.
For example, from May through November 2016, ETG Crips members conspired to murder members of the rival Black Guerilla Family gang.
On July 18 of that year, prosecutors say Hall murdered BGF member Albert Pittman in the 4800 block of Midline Road.
Hall struck again on November 11, 2016, when he opened fire on three BGF members in the 800 block of W. Lexington Street, killing one, Shyheim Brown
Afterwards Hall reportedly sent text messages to an uncharged co-conspirator, explaining what he'd done.
In the following years from July 2017 through 2019, members of the ETG Crips conspired to murder members of the Abington Avenue drug trafficking organization, whose territory they'd taken over.
They allegedly murdered two of those members and shot several others.
According to court documents, members also threatened a witness who testified against them in a state murder trial, posting their picture on social media and labeling them a snitch.
The following list of members have been arrested and charged.
Trayvon Hall, a/k/a Tru and G-Tru, age 29
Ronnie Finney, a/k/a Fin, age 34
Donnell Foster, a/k/a Fuss, age 30
Daran Hickman, a/k/a Chizzle, age 28
David Jackson, a/k/a Dev and Lil David, age 25
Alvin Johnson, a/k/a Jug, age 29
Keith Pinson, a/k/a Gotti, age 27
Devon Powell, a/k/a Smuppy, age 29
Ridgley Shipley, a/k/a Crazy, age 30
Marcus Williams, a/k/a Gangsta C, age 32.
If convicted, the defendants all face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the racketeering conspiracy and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison for the drug trafficking conspiracy. Hall also faces a maximum sentence of death or life in federal prison for each of two counts of murder in aid of racketeering.