MURDER USA: Devon Dent of the Violent “Murdaland Mafia Piru” Bloods Gang Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Racketeering and Drug Conspiracies
Distributed Drugs and Was Present When Another MMP Member Shot a Victim Multiple Times in the Head and Chest Outside a Downtown Baltimore Nightclub
BALTIMORE, MD. – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Devon Dent, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland to 14 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for racketeering and drug conspiracies related to his participation in the gang activities of the Murdaland Mafia Piru (MMP), a subset of the Bloods gang. Dent admitted that as part of his gang activities, he distributed crack cocaine for the gang and he was present when an MMP co-defendant attempted to kill a victim outside a Baltimore nightclub, shooting that person multiple times in the head and chest.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur.
According to Dent’s plea agreement and court documents, MMP, also known as the “Mob” or “Mobsters,” is a violent subset of the Bloods gang that operates in Maryland and elsewhere.
MMP was modeled after the Italian Mafia and was organized hierarchically, with “the Don” at the top and various “Bosses,” “Underbosses,” “Capos,” “Lieutenants,” and “Mobsters” underneath.
GANG WAS A REST STOP FOR WESTERN MARYLAND HILLBILLIES STOCKING UP ON HEROIN
For many years, MMP has controlled the drug trade in large swaths of Northwest Baltimore City and neighboring Baltimore County, including Forest Park, Windsor Mill, Gwynn Oak, Howard Park, Woodlawn, and Walbrook Junction. The gang’s drug shop in the 5200 block of Windsor Mill Road was particularly lucrative due to its close proximity to Interstate 70, and it frequently attracted drug customers driving from Western Maryland and neighboring states.
MMP’s members enriched themselves through drug trafficking and other criminal activities and using violence and threats of violence to intimidate or retaliate against witnesses, protect the gang’s territories, enforce debts, and eliminate rivals.
Dent admitted that he was a member of MMP and participated in the gang’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activities, that included offenses involving drug distribution. Specifically, as detailed in his plea agreement, on October 15, 2012, Dent was present when a co-defendant attempted to murder a victim, shooting him multiple times in the head and chest with a .45-caliber firearm outside Club Mirage in downtown Baltimore. A closed-circuit television camera captured the incident, and showed Dent arriving at Club Mirage with four other MMP members, including one who was wearing a red shirt with the words “MOBB SQUAD” on the back and filmed the victim with a tablet device shortly before the shooting.
On November 4, 2012, Dent possessed with intent to distribute roughly 12 grams of heroin and 21 grams of crack cocaine, as well as MMP paperwork. The paperwork detailed the history and structure of the gang, as well as certain rules of conduct, including that “retaliation is a must,” and that “co-operation with authorities that lead[s] to incriminating others” is punishable by death.
On April 15 and April 22, 2015, Dent distributed crack cocaine on Gwynn Oak Avenue to an undercover officer who was wearing an audio-video recording device.
Twenty-five defendants have been convicted in the case, including five who were convicted by a federal jury on April 30, 2019 after a six-week trial.
This case was made possible by investigative leads generated from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms. NIBIN is a proven investigative and intelligence tool that can link firearms from multiple crime scenes, allowing law enforcement to quickly disrupt shooting cycles. For more information on NIBIN, visit https://www.atf.gov/firearms/national-integrated-ballistic-information-network-nibin.