Indictment accuses alleged heroin gang members of killings, robberies

April 06, 1994|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer

A federal indictment returned yesterday charges that alleged members of a Baltimore heroin gang -- including a former city police cadet -- masqueraded as police officers while committing killings and armed robberies.

Authorities linked the Strong as Steel gang to three killings in Baltimore: the fatal shooting of a Druid Hill Avenue man in March 1991, and the December 1992 killings of two men on Whitelock Street.

The grand jury's 10-count indictment, which included drug and firearms charges, named the former cadet and three other men.

Named in the indictment are Philip Edward Roberson, 37, known as Mumin Sahib Abdullah, who was identified as the group's leader; Corey Lorenzo Woodfolk, 25, known as Big Corey; Doncarlos Williams, 29, known as D-Nice; and Corey Steven Johnson, 25, known as Little Corey.

Mr. Williams worked briefly in the late 1980s as a Baltimore police cadet, authorities said.

All four men face state charges in the 1992 killings. Yesterday's indictment implicates Mr. Woodfolk and Mr. Johnson in the 1991 killing as well.

It also charges that gang members committed several armed robberies and burglaries, including the robbery of a Kmart on Wabash Avenue early last year. It charges the group with distributing more than a kilogram of heroin in the Baltimore area between January 1991 and January of this year.

According to the indictment:

The gang responded with violence against those who failed to pay debts. Posing as city police officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents helped them gain entry to robbery sites.

In May 1992, for example, two gang members who were dressed as police officers knocked at the door of a home on Edison Highway and claimed to be investigating a car accident. They entered the house, brandishing weapons, and handcuffed the residents. Two more armed men helped ransack the house, taking $12,000 in cash and jewelry worth more than $6,000, according to a police report.

Another incident was reported to Baltimore County police a few months later, when gang members apparently posed as city police officers to gain access to an apartment on English Oak Road.

One wore a Baltimore City Police Department patch on his sleeve, and a gun belt with a radio, holster and lapel mike. When the residents opened the door, the men in uniform pushed their way inside, handcuffed the residents and demanded money and drugs, according to a police report. They stabbed one resident and sexually assaulted another before leaving with $85, according to a county police report.

Although much of the gang's drug business occurred in houses in West Baltimore, gang leaders also purchased a Reisterstown Road barbershop called The Sharper Edge, which they used to aid their activities, the indictment said. Other sites for their drug sales included supermarkets and a fast-food restaurant on Reisterstown Road.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Susan M. Ringler and Andrea Smith.

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