Gang’s name tattooed on a member’s back.
|Founded by||Perry Roark,Brian Jordan, and Jimmy Sweeney|
|Founding location||Maryland Correctional System (has since expanded)|
|Years active||Since 2000|
|Criminal activities||Assault, Attempted murder, Cigarette smuggling, Contract killing, drug trafficking, Murder, Prostitution.|
|Allies||Black Guerrilla Family|
DMI was founded by Perry Roark, James Sweeney and Brian Jordan in the late 1990s in the Maryland Department of Corrections. Roark was a close associate of the Black Guerrilla Family and received permission from them to start an organization to unite white inmates in the system. The group grew in size quickly due to infiltration by a man named Michael Quinn, who had joined to secure protection for himself. He recruited anybody who wanted to join in every location. Sweeney sought numbers as opposed to quality as he felt secure with numbers and thought numbers brought strength.
- Members often refer to each other as “Dawgs“, an acronym meaning “DMI Against World Government”
- Tattoos include dogs, DMI, the numbers 4, 13, and 9 (4=D, 13=M, 9=I), and the pyramid with a severed eye of providence.
The mark of the dead man a upside down cross for either stabbing or killing multiple people in the md correctional system
- Members have now[when?] started to wear black and white bandanas in their left pocket
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.
Multiple subdivisions of the DMI are present throughout Maryland. Within these subdivisions, the members are usually associated with other widely known gangs, such as MS-13 or Black Guerrilla Family. The “Kings Krew ” allows for “Young Thugs,” new members seeking to join a larger part of a gang, to prove themselves worthy of becoming an “OG” (original gangster.) The Kings Krew consists of smaller divisions to take into account the different districts in each county. Examples are:
- “Los Reys de Dinero”
- “The Won Kings”
- “Lil’ Kings”
- “Kings of PG”
- “3rd District Kings”
Initially, DMI worked for the BGF, 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.
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 leaders disagreed about the direction of the gang. Perry Roark wanted to return the gang to its former position alongside the BGF, while other leaders want to adopt a white supremacist ideology.
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.