Dead Man Incorporated
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (September 2009)|
Gang's name tattooed on gang member's back.
|Founding location||Maryland Correctional System (has since expanded)|
|Years active||Since 2000|
|Criminal activities||Assault, Attempted murder, Cigarette smuggling, Contract killing, drug trafficking, Murder, trafficking in contraband, and etc|
DMI was founded by Brian Jordan, Perry Roark and James Sweeney in the late 2001-2002 in the Maryland Department of Corrections. Roark, who was a close associate of the BGF who gave permission for him to create his own branch of mainly white inmates at which time he decided start DMI with the intention to start an organization to unite the white inmates in the system. The group grew in size quickly, due to infiltration by Michael Quinn who had joined to secure protection for himself. He mass recruited in every location anyone who wanted to join. Sweeney sought numbers as opposed to quality since he felt secure with numbers and thought numbers bring strength.
- Members often refer to each other as "Dawgs", an acronym meaning "DMI Against World Government"
- Tattoos include dogs, DMI, the numbers 4,13,9 (4=D, 13=M, 9=I), and the pyramid with the eye of providence.
The gang hierarchy is divided into many sections, with the Supreme Commanders (SC) at the very top. These are the gang's founders Perry Roark, James Sweeney and Bryan Jordan. DMI members in each facility are collectively called a "unit". Each unit is led by a commander, followed by lieutenant, field general, sergeant-at-arms, and a finance officer.
Initially, DMI acted as hired killers for the Black Guerrilla Family, but soon began offering those services to other gangs by targeting rivals and correctional staff. This led to entry into drug trafficking and other crimes to advance their own agendas as their size and power increased.
Due to its increasing power within the Maryland Correctional System, DMI leaders have been transferred to other facilities in other states including Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. This has facilitated the spread of the gang. It has also been reported that DMI has been moving its operations into the streets of Baltimore.
There has also been much upheaval and internal strife within the organization itself. The once tight-knit structure of the group has broken down with the explosion in numbers, as members compete with one another leading to violence between members. Fueling these internal divisions is the fact that the top leadership disagrees about the direction of the gang. Perry Rourke wants to return the gang to its former position alongside the BGF, while other leaders want to adopt a white supremacist ideology.
There are currently six main units in Baltimore City, one in Carroll County, and one in Howard County.
A federal grand jury in Baltimore has charged 22 defendants with conspiracy to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise. All but one defendant are also charged with conspiring to distribute drugs. The indictment was returned on October 6, 2011 and unsealed upon the arrests of seven defendants and the execution of seven search warrants. Eleven defendants were previously in custody and four defendants are still at large.
- "Dead Man Inc.," Lawton Crime Beat, The Baltimore Sun.
- "Twenty-Two Alleged Members of Violent “Dead Man Incorporated” Gang Indicted on Federal Racketeering, Murder, and Drug Charges That May Bring Life in Federal Prison". FBI. November 2, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.