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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Prosecutors: Prison Gang Dealt Heroin In Baltimore -

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Prosecutors: Prison Gang Dealt Heroin In Baltimore - "Black Guerrilla Family prison gang tried to take over the heroin trade in Baltimore while its leader worked in a federally funded program aimed at preventing violence, authorities said Monday as federal prosecutors announced charges against 13 alleged gang members.Todd A. Duncan, 36, is accused in a search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday of running the gang's Baltimore operations. At the same time, he worked as a youth counselor for a nonprofit known as Communities Organized to Improve Life Inc., or COIL, according to the affidavit.COIL was funded by a $382,000 a federal grant through Operation Safe Streets, a community-based violence prevention program championed by former mayor Sheila Dixon, who announced the grant in August 2007.'Duncan gives the appearance of working with at-risk youth, while maintaining his role as the leader of the BGF,' according to the affidavit.Duncan pleaded guilty to attempted murder at age 19 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to online court records. He appeared on a local television program in January that highlighted COIL's efforts, identifying himself as a former gang member, according to the affidavit."

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