10 years for gang member

November 03, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A member of the Bloods gang received a 10-year-prison sentence yesterday in federal court in Baltimore after his conviction on a gun possession charge.

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Lanikko Santiago, 26, of Baltimore, to the prison term followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

According to the testimony presented at his two day trial, Santiago was a passenger in the rear seat of a vehicle on Nov. 8, 2006 that was pulled over by Baltimore City Police detectives for a traffic stop. The detectives were patrolling the area around Montford Avenue and Oliver Street due to recent gang activity.

Prosecutors said a detective observed Santiago toss something to the floor of the passenger's seat and then move several jackets that were on the seat to the same area. Detectives said they observed the handle of a firearm sticking out from under the jackets just pushed to the floor.

The officers later found a loaded firearm with an obliterated serial number on the floor in front of the back seat, prosecutors said. The weapon was later found to be stolen. According to trial testimony, Santiago acknowledged that he was a member of the Bloods.

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