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16 Charged in Baltimore Murder, Drug Ring

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BALTIMORE, Md. - Sixteen people were indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday, September 17, 2020, for their part in a violent conspiracy.

The indictment alleged the 16 people were part of a racketeering and drug conspiracy responsible for:

  • 4 murders
  • 1 attempted murder
  • 5 overdose deaths
  • 9 overdoses resulting in serious bodily injury
  • racketeering
  • murder-for-hire
  • conspiracy to distribute controlled substances
  • related drug and gun charges

Gang Devastated Neighborhoods

Officials say the defendants are connected with the Baltimore “NFL” Gang. FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Field Office, Jennifer C. Boone said,  “This gang was devastating neighborhoods and destroying families. Today, together, with the help of our law enforcement partners, I am proud to announce these significant indictments. We will continue to work together to fight crime, but we also need the need community assistance through tips and information to help keep Baltimore safe.”

The gang is named after Normandy, Franklin, and Loudon streets that run through the Edmondson Village.

The Defendants

The following defendants are charged:

  • Gregory Butler, a/k/a Gotti, Sags and Little Dick, age 28, of Baltimore;
  • Darran Malik Butler, a/k/a Lik, age 21, of Baltimore;
  • Bobby Cannon, a/k/a Freaky, age 23 of Baltimore;
  • Darean Cook, age 27, of Baltimore;
  • Juawan Davis, a/k/a Fat Daddy, age 24, of Baltimore;
  • Edward Buddy Hall, a/k/a Gwar, age 54, of Baltimore;
  • Timothy Legard, age 29, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia;
  • Davon Owens, a/k/a Gusto, age 31, of Baltimore;
  • D’Andre Preston, a/k/a Whiteboy and Whites, age 23, of Baltimore;
  • Desmond Ringgold, a/k/a Worm and Fool, age 28, of Baltimore;
  • James Henry Roberts, a/k/a Bub, age 29, of Baltimore;
  • Tirrel Saunders, a/k/a Pretty, age 32, of Baltimore;
  • Nathan Stanley, age 48, of Rixeyville, Virginia;
  • Jamie Wagoner, age 37, of Stephens City, Virginia;
  • Laura Warner, age 36, of Berkeley County; and
  • Emanuel Watkins, age 62, of Baltimore.

The Crimes

The indictment alleges that Gregory Butler, Darran Butler, Cannon, Davis, Preston, and Roberts engaged in a pattern of criminal racketeering activity including acts involving murder, narcotics trafficking and smuggling, illegal firearms possession, bribery, witness intimidation, and witness retaliation. 

Law enforcement claims Gregory Butler allegedly controlled a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and crack cocaine in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The indictment claims members of the gang also offered bounties for the murder of witnesses and rivals and allegedly acted as brokers connecting hitmen with individuals who had offered bounties for the murder of witnesses and rivals.  NFL members and associates also allegedly carried out contract killings to enrich themselves and to retaliate against witnesses and rivals.

The gang members are also accused of smuggling cell phones and controlled substances into correctional facilities.

If convicted on the racketeering charges, defendants could face life in prison.

Fifteen defendants charged in the fourth superseding indictment have been arrested and are detained pending trial.  Jamie Wagoner remains a fugitive.

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