Two Members of Violent West Baltimore Gang Sentenced to up to Life in Prison for Federal Racketeering & Drug Conspiracies

Federal Jury Found One Defendant Participated in Five Murders and a Gun Recovered From Other Defendant Was Used in Four of those Murders Two Baltimore, Maryland men were sentenced today to life and 30 years, respectively, in prison for conspiring to participate in a drug distribution conspiracy and a violent racketeering enterprise known as Trained To Go (TTG). The racketeering conspiracy included eight murders, as well as drug trafficking and witness intimidation.

John Harrison, aka Binkie, 28, and Linton Broughton, aka Marty, 25; both of Baltimore, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake to serve life in prison, and 360 months in prison, respectively, each followed by five years of supervised release.  Broughton, Harrison and their co-defendants were also convicted of a drug distribution conspiracy involving heroin, marijuana, and cocaine.  Harrison participated in the murder of five individuals and a firearm recovered from Broughton was found to be used in four of those murders…

“For years, John Harrison, Linton Broughton, and other members of the vicious Trained To Go gang brought death and violence to the streets of Baltimore,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski.  “We thank our hard-working prosecutors, as well as our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, for their dedication in dismantling this vile gang.”

“Violent gang members must know that gun crime leads to federal time,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.  “As this case demonstrates, all too often, guns and drugs go hand in hand—and both are killers.  Thanks to the partnership between federal, state, and local law enforcement, these drug dealers will no longer peddle death in West Baltimore.  Harrison, Broughton and their TTG co-defendants will be removed from the community they terrorized and serve their sentences in federal prison, where there is no parole – ever…”


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