24-year-old Brandon Wilson of Baltimore, Maryland has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years of supervised release. Wilson was sentenced to prison for conspiring to participate in a drug distribution conspiracy and violent racketeering enterprise, which was known as Trained To Go or TTG.
The racketeering conspiracy included eight murders, as well as witness intimidation and drug trafficking. Wilson and his co-defendants were convicted of a drug distribution conspiracy as well. Wilson was also convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The firearm was linked to a murder which took place just one day before it was found in Wilson’s home. Wilson and seven co-defendants were convicted by a federal jury on October 31, 2018. Evidence presented at trial showed that Wilson and co-defendants were members of TTG. The criminal organization operated in the Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore.
As a member of the conspiracy, each defendant agreed that a conspirator would be required to commit at least two acts of racketeering for TTG. Evidence showed that members and associates sold cocaine, marijuana and heroin. They worked to defend their exclusive right to control who sold narcotics in TTG territory. The evidence proved that between May 20, 2010 and January 9, 2017, Wilson, co-defendants and other TTG members committed numerous acts of violence.
This included eight murders, shootings, armed robbery and witness intimidation. Murders were typically carried out in retaliation for individuals robbing TTG members of drugs and money. TTG members robbed others of their drugs and drug proceeds. The gang’s leader, 23-year-old Montana Barronette AKA Tana or Tanner, was sentenced to life in prison on February 15, 2019. Further details can be found here.