On Monday, three members of Baltimore’s Black Guerilla Family (BGF)–“Uncle” Mark Bazemore, Michael “Mikey/Lil’ Mike” Smith, Jr. and “Uncle” Timothy Hurtt–were convicted for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy and drug conspiracy tied to the gang. In addition, Bazemore and Hurtt were convicted on charges of “conspiring to use and carry a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime.” Furthermore, Bazemore was found guilty of “conspiring to commit murder in aid of racketeering; attempted murder in aid of racketeering; and carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.”
The Department of Justice describes:
According to court documents, the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) is a nationwide gang operating in prisons and on the streets of cities throughout the United States. BGF is involved in criminal activity, including murder, robbery, extortion, narcotics trafficking, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation in Baltimore, in Maryland, and elsewhere. The evidence showed that the defendants and other BGF members regularly paid dues to BGF and discussed gang business at meetings, including: the sanctioning of BGF members; the identities of individuals suspected of cooperating with law enforcement and actions to be taken against them; and the commission of future crimes.
According to trial evidence, Bazemore, who was a BGF leader, issued sanctions on several fellow BGF members, including the attempted murder of one BGF member who was shot on March 10, 2014, and the murder of another member who was killed on June 16, 2014. Between September and December 2013, co-defendant Timothy Gray, who was the Baltimore “city-wide” commander of BGF, sanctioned the murder of a BGF member by Hurtt and a co-conspirator. Also, Hurtt and Gray provide armed protection in a BGF drug deal. Bazemore, Smith and Hurtt collected dues from BGF members who were dealing drugs in the area of Pratt and Payson Streets, a BGF controlled open-air drug shop in Baltimore. In addition to collecting dues, the defendants conspired to operate street-level drug shops throughout Baltimore where they distributed heroin.
Bazemore, Hurtt and Smith all are facing life sentences on racketeering and drug conspiracy convictions. Bazemore and Hurtt also face additional maximum sentences of 20 years for “conspiracy to use and carry a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.” Bazemore could do 10 more years for “conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and attempted murder in aid of racketeering,” as well as another life sentence for “using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.”
Previously, Timothy Michael Gray (a.k.a. “Mike Gray”) and ten other co-defendants pleaded guilty to participating in racketeering conspiracies. They are due for sentencing in November.