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Gang member faces 30 years

January 09, 2009

A member of a gang with roots in a local prison pleaded guilty Friday to a conspiracy charge connected to drugs, weapons and violence, according to U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's office.

Kevin Gary, 27, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct and participate in the activities of Tree Top Piru Bloods, a news release from Rosenstein's office says.

Gary was a leader of the TTP Bloods from at least 2005 to 2008, participating in the distribution and possession with intent to distribute of crack cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy, the news release says.

In addition, Gary allegedly committed and sanctioned acts of violence on behalf of the gang, the release says.

Gary is scheduled to be sentenced March 27. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Rosenstein's office said 24 other gang members have been charged in connection with the gang racketeering conspiracy. Some have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to serve time in prison.

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The news release says TTP Bloods originated from the Bloods gang in Los Angeles in the early 1970s and spread, reaching Maryland through the Washington County Detention Center around 1999.

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