Baltimore (December 17, 2019) - Today, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced the indictment of 16 suspected drug trafficking organization members, charged with a range of crimes from murder to conspiracy to kidnapping, as well as drug trafficking.
In 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received information that a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) was operating in the 1800 block of Edmondson Ave. Investigators learned that Jermol McCoy and Calvin Sanders were operating DTOs in the block.
On February 1, 2019, Jasper Thomas was shot and killed in the 1800 block of Edmondson Avenue. BPD’s Homicide detectives thereafter partnered with the DEA and the State’s Attorney’s Crime Strategies Unit to further investigate the violence and drug trafficking in the area. In collaboration and coordination with the DEA, BPD Homicide, ATF, SAO, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police, and BPD Western District Action Team, the long-term investigation led to the 116-count indictment.
According to the indictment, the drug trafficking organization led by Calvin “Gotti” SANDERS includes Donnelle “Tip” BRISCOE-DORTCH; Jason “Titty” MAYO; Aaron “Boosie” JENKINS; Allan DAUGHTRY; Derrick JONES; Tyrone THOMAS; Nichole “Lil’ Mama” WASHINGTON and others were distributing quantities of fentanyl, cocaine and other controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in and around the area of the 1800 block of Edmondson Avenue as well as committing other acts of violence in furtherance of the organization, which would include the first-degree murder of Jasper Thomas, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence; possession of a firearm related to drug trafficking; an attempted kidnapping and a conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
The investigation led to evidence that resulted in Calvin Sanders being arrested and charged for the murder of Jasper Thomas. He was also charged with other crimes related to his DTO, including Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping The investigation led to the arrest of 16 other suspected DTO members, the recovery of 3 firearms, the execution of 7 search warrants and the seizure of over 100 grams of suspected fentanyl, and over 68 grams of cocaine.
“Today’s indictment shows that continuous collaboration and partnership is key to tackling the violence in our city,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “It’s going to take data-driven tactics, and forthright and deliberate sharing among all local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to strategically combat the violence plaguing our communities and as illustrated today, you have all of our commitment to do so.
“This case is a great example of the good things that happen when we in the law enforcement community work together to help make Baltimore a safer city. I’m looking forward to many more cases like it in the months and years ahead,” said BPD Commissioner Michael Harrison.