Alleged Howard County Bloods Gang Members Arrested, Indicted

Federal authorities say the gang members have been operating in Howard County for three years.

Nearly 20 alleged members of the Howard County Bloods gang were indicted Wednesday on federal racketeering charges after 25 search warrants were executed across the county, including in Elkridge,  according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

Two of the alleged Bloods members and three additional people were also charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs.

“The indictment unsealed today shows that no community is immune to gang and drug activity, but it also demonstrates our commitment to ridding our neighborhoods of this criminal element,” Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said in a statement. 

“That’s why I have made our participation in this task force a priority and I am grateful to all our partners.  Gang members who commit crimes should know that they will not be tolerated in Howard County or throughout Maryland.”

According to the indictment, members of the Howard County Bloods gang have been operating in Howard County since 2010. The gang sold drugs, broke into homes and commited other crimes. According to the indictment, a gang member’s participation in criminal and violent acts “increased the respect accorded to that member,” and could result in “promotion” within the gang’s hierarchy.

Eighteen of the defendants were members of the Bloods, according to the indictment. The gang members and associates allegedly kept shared firearms, sold drugs and used the money from drug sales, burglaries, robberies and home invasions to finance gang activities. 

Each of the 18 people charged in the racketeering conspiracy faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and each of the five charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

“I am confident that ATF’s successful execution of more than 40 federal arrest and search warrants made a significant impact on violent crime in our Maryland communities,” Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the ATF - Baltimore Field Division, said in a statement.  “ATF continues to work with its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in order to bring violent criminals to justice.” 

Charged in the racketeering conspiracy:

  • Heather Carter, a/k/a "hunnilynn," age 29, of Columbia
  • Corey Conaway, a/k/a "KC," age 30, of Columbia
  • Michael Dominique Johnson, a/k/a "Ace", age 19, of Columbia
  • Christopher Lloyd McGann, age 21, of Columbia
  • David Jerome Robertson; age 22, of Columbia 
  • Bamba Omar Saine, age 22, of Columbia
  • Giovanni Wright, a/k/a "G," age 20, of Elkridge
  • Ryan Gladden, a/k/a "Fats," age 25, of Baltimore              
  • Anthony Preston, a/k/a "40," and "Tone," age 26, of Randallstown 
  • Kyle Austin, a/k/a "Fowdy," age 21, of Baltimore                        
  • James Bieryla, a/k/a "Brea," and "Braze," age 21, of Ellicott City 
  • Russell Canty, a/k/a "Rek," age 20, of Baltimore
  • Van Albert Carroll, Jr., a/k/a "Kool-Aid," age 19, of Ellicott City  
  • Russell Chesson, a/k/a "Black," age 30, of Washington, D.C.
  • Adrian Freeman, a/k/a "Sleep," age 23, of Laurel 
  • Kevin Jarrell, a/k/a "K-Dog," 24, of College Park 
  • Faisal Lelo Mapangala, a/k/a "Pistol," age 21, of Jessup 
  • Kenneth Ragan-Armstrong, a/k/a "Keezy," age 22, of Savage 

Three other defendants are charged in narcotics conspiracies:

  • Anthony Louis Jones, age 26, of Columbia 
  • Giovanni Wright, a/k/a "G," age 20, of Elkridge
  • Wendy Farhat, age 38, of Gaithersburg  
  • Troy Fowler, age 23, of Laurel
  • Anthony Preston, a/k/a "40," and "Tone," age 26, of Randallstown 


dwb May 09, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Let's hope this does not result in an outbreak of crime as rival gangs try to muscle in.
jerome May 09, 2013 at 03:49 AM
i wish you damn editors would get your facts straight before you post if you don't know what your talking about then don't speak on it eventually someone is going to react negatively to your inaccurate stories. its easy to spectate behind a computer really go out and explore Columbia then speculate
Paul Hess May 09, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Please tell us, "jerome", what is inaccurate about the above story? It's easy to sit "behind a computer" and say the editors didn't get their "facts straight" without providing an alternative; I'm interested in what you have to say.
Kimberly May 09, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Wow. Is the community really not aware of the current drug problem? Herion abounds, especially in Columbia/Clarksville area.
Jessica May 09, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Howard County Bloods??? HAHAHAH!. That's the lamest thing I have ever heard!!! This must be the saddest chapter as far as the bloods gang is concerned. Howard county??? HAHAHA! You're all idiots. Your parents too.
JH May 09, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Where is the County leadership ? Way too soft on the criminal element. Vote for leadership that will kept the criminal element out of our county.
dwb May 09, 2013 at 02:32 PM
say it ain't so, Kimberly. Drugs in the utopian Columbia/Clarksville? oh noes!
babygirl May 09, 2013 at 07:38 PM
there are bloods in every county just because you dont see colors doesnt mean they dont exist, where ever there is money to be made you will find gangs....smh
Bob May 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM
It wasn't Bloods.... They went under a differen name.
Bob May 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Demeatis Hangenlo May 10, 2013 at 03:23 AM
I knew most of these guys forreal and they're cool people... they sold weed (which is virtually harmless) just to get by and struggldd through most of their life... a couple of them didn't grow up with parents... just cuz it was howard county doesn't mean its sweet! They weren't violent people and they didn't start stuff! Although I can't soeak for all of them I can speak for some
stephanie smith May 10, 2013 at 04:54 AM
This thread is strange, ...
stephanie smith May 10, 2013 at 04:57 AM
I will pray iunceasingly, these are the end times where most will be seekers of pleasure, blind to consequences ...
bree leon May 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM
I went to school with most people on this list, and I know a lot of the ones that didn't grow up in HOCO. Demeatis is right just because you grow up in Howard County it doesn't mean everything is "sweet" but it does mean that they were offered an opprotunity that many people never had, to get up out the hood. And they come here and bring the foolery with them. Now they'll be rotting away in jail and I don't feel bad for a single one of the.I feel bad for the parents and the babies that most of them have.
Colliemom May 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Posting under different names? Same bizarre religious ideations as "Pat" on another news story. Don't post religious ramblings here; I don't think you're going to convert anybody, just going to irritate them. Or probably that's your intent.
Yasmin Moore May 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Fuck every one saying they were harmless, a few of these people on this list robbed someone I know at GUN POINT. Karma works very mysteriously they all deserve to be punished your upbringing doesn't determine the latitude of your life. CHOICES & DECISIONS. I'm sure none of these people were incapable of .. This is the life they chose & bragged about. You get caught up one day, always. Jail time is necessary have these "men" get their lives together in there.. Don't drop the soap boys...
Jessica May 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM
I think they are sad and pathetic suburban chapters that look ridiculous!!! Their parents are sad and pathetic too, I don't feel sorry for them. Even their nicknames are stupid.
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John smith May 21, 2013 at 05:15 PM
First off, the writer of this story reiterates "according to the indictment" far too many times get a little more creative please. That being said this story (although slightly old news at this point in time) seems a bit overdramatized like everything else in the media. The war on drugs will never be fully conquered. It is nice, I suppose, to hear that our police officials are doing more than just handing out speeding tickets and alcohol citations at high school parties. However, now who am I going to buy weed from!!!?!?!??!?????!?!!!!!???


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