|Wednesday, November 02, 2011 – Scott Wykoff and Associated Press|
|Twenty-two members of the Dead Man Incorporated prison gang are facing a federal racketeering indictment that alleges that they were involved in drug trafficking, smuggling contraband into prison and four killings.
This is one of several racketeering cases filed recently in Maryland against gangs and prosecutors say additional gang investigations are ongoing.
The indictment was unsealed Wednesday after the arrests of seven defendants. Authorities say 11 defendants were already in custody and another four are still at large. Authorities say Perry Roark was the “Supreme Commander” of the group closely allied in its early years to the Black Guerilla Family gang.
Prosecutors allege that DMI was founded in 2000 and operated in prisons in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Texas, but began expanding outside prison in 2006.
Governor Martin O’Malley today issued the following statement on the indictments by a federal grand jury of the Dead Man Incorporated gang:
“As public servants, one of our top priorities is to keep our neighborhoods and communities safe. Today’s indictments are a major step forward in protecting the public’s safety and increasing collaboration among law enforcement agencies. Thanks to the efforts of our federal, state and local partners, these individuals will be brought to justice. Working together, we can maintain our commitment to creating a safer Maryland for our children and families.”