Criminal organization that “dealt drugs and despair” in northwest Baltimore and Baltimore County has been dismantled, officials say.

By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff  | Updated 

BALTIMORE, MD — A Baltimore man admitted Tuesday to committing murder and other crimes as a member of Murdaland Mafia Piru, a particularly violent subset of the Bloods gang. The gang has controlled the drug trade in bands of northwest Baltimore City and Baltimore County, including Forest Park, Gwynn Oak, Howard Park, Walbrook Junction, Windsor Mill and Woodlawn, according to officials.

In his plea agreement, 33-year-old Dontray Johnson — also known as “Gambino,” “Bino” and “Tray” — admitted that he committed murder, extortion, robbery, witness tampering and retaliation, money laundering and drug distribution as a member of the gang, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.