BALTIMORE — Federal prosecutors announced the indictment of 15 alleged members and associates of a Baltimore gang in connection with 18 killings, 27 attempted killings, witness intimidation and running street-level drug distribution “shops.”
The racketeering indictments unsealed Wednesday detail how the Triple-C Gang’s “enterprise relied on extreme violence,” acting U.S. Attorney Jon Lenzner said at a news conference Thursday. Triple-C stands for “Cruddy Conniving Crutballs” and the gang was formed in 2014 as an alternative to the Black Guerilla Family Gang, prosecutors said.
The gang’s shops in east and northeast Baltimore sold heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, marijuana and other controlled substances, prosecutors said. The alleged members and associates were involved in witness intimidation, shootings and killings of rival gang members, and carjackings.
“The amount of criminal activity perpetrated by one gang is pretty staggering and alarming,” Lenzner said.
Members and their associates promoted the gang on social media and through rap music and also sold clothes and jewelry with its logo. Triple C members and associates posted photos and rap videos, flaunting guns, boasting of the gang’s superiority and threatening to kill those who stood in the gang’s way. Members also used social media to identify and locate victims, prosecutors said.
Triple C members supported rap artists who mentioned the gang in their lyrics and some were artists themselves. One music video on social media included lyrics saying “ain’t no Crip or no Blood, I’m Triple C baby” and featured several alleged members and associates of Triple C dancing and waving firearms, prosecutors said. Members allegedly wore clothing promoting the gang and warning against “snitching.”
The indictment is the second related to the investigation and seeks the forfeiture of any proceeds the gang made from their alleged criminal activity. If convicted, the defendants charged with racketeering face a maximum of life in prison for the racketeering conspiracy. They all face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and maximum of life in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Ten defendants charged in the previous indictments have pleaded guilty. Officials say 14 of the 15 suspects are already in custody. The 15th is on pre-trial release and was expected to surrender Thursday.