Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake today sentenced Michael Chester, aka Mikkie, 24, of Baltimore, to 20 years in federal prison for racketeering conspiracy, including attempted murder and murder, related to his participation in the violent street gang known as the Cruddy Conniving Crutballs or Triple C, which operated throughout the city of Baltimore.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.
According to Chester’s plea agreement, members of Triple C engaged in a pattern of criminal racketeering activity between 2015 and 2020, including more than a dozen murders and numerous shootings, robberies and carjackings. non-lethal, to promote Triple C’s reputation and command respect from the neighborhood. The gang’s other spin-offs are “SCL” and recently, “TRD”.
As detailed in Chester’s plea agreement, the gang benefited financially from selling narcotics, murdering drug dealers, contract killings, and street robberies. Members of Triple C also stole dice sets for money and sometimes hijacked vehicles. Members shared the proceeds of illegal activities and often contacted each other to commit theft if a member needed the money.
Members of Triple C routinely used social media to identify and locate victims and to communicate with each other and share information regarding possible retaliation for violent crimes committed by gang members. Triple C members and associates used at least 14 firearms to commit crimes, often trading with each other or other groups to avoid detection by ballistics evidence. The members limited conversations about criminal plans to other Triple C members and criticized each other after committing crimes regarding ways to improve their performance.
Chester admitted to witnessing five murders in which other members of the conspiracy discharged a gun, including the August 19, 2017 murder of Devonte Monroe, the August 28, 2017 murder of Carols Jones, the murder of Diamante Howard on April 21, 2018, the murder of Darius Mason on July 29, 2018, and the murder of Corey Moseley on December 31, 2018. Additionally, Chester was present during an attempted murder on April 4, 2018, and May 1, 2018 was found with the firearm that ballistically matches the weapon used in this attempted murder. Chester admitted that as part of his activities with Triple C, he distributed controlled substances, including crack cocaine. It was reasonably foreseeable to Chester that members of the conspiracy would commit further murders, attempted murders, carjackings and robberies.
This case was made possible through investigative leads generated by the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). NIBIN is the only national network that enables the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to help solve and prevent 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 firing cycles. For more information on NIBIN, visit https://www.atf.gov/firearms/national-integrated-ballistic-information-network-nibin.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. The Safe Neighborhoods Project (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Justice Department‘s violent crime reduction efforts. The NSP is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the ATF and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in this investigation and thanked the FBI and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr Barron thanked Assistant US Attorney Patricia C. McLane, who prosecuted the case.
For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md /project-safe -neighborhoods-psn.
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