By Van Smith Baltimore City Paper
As Obama was movings into the White House, court documents show that
federal investigators with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in
Maryland—a unit dubbed the Special Investigations Group (DEA-SIG)—were
kicking into gear a sprawling probe of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF),
the black-nationalist prison gang for which Bailey ran “the day-to-day
operations” at North Branch Correctional Institution (NBCI), a
maximum-security prison near Cumberland.
When Bailey uttered those prescient words, he was talking over a
prison phone at NBCI with Eric Marcell Brown (“Eric Marcell Brown,”
Mobtown beat, May 7, 2009), who was on a cell phone at the Maryland
Transition Center (MTC), a correctional facility in Baltimore, where
Brown was close to finishing a lengthy prison stint for a 1992
drug-dealing conviction. Brown, DEA-SIG investigators wrote in court
documents, was “in command of day-to-day operations” in Maryland for the
BGF, a national prison gang founded in California in the 1960s by
inmate/radical George Jackson, a Black Panther Party member who espoused
the black-nationalist view that African-Americans needed to build
separate economic and social structures for themselves.
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