SSB Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Prison
Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 12:47 PM EDT
A 32-year-old Baltimore man has been sentenced to over 17 years in prison for conspiring to participate in the South Side Brims (SSB) Bloods gang.
Theodore Clifton Matthews, aka “Trigger,” of Baltimore was sentenced Wednesday to 210 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Acting Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.
According to his plea agreement Matthews was a member of the SSBs, a subset of the Bloods Gang operating in and around Baltimore. The agreement states that on September 4, 2009 during a street fight in Curtis Bay Matthews directed an SSB member to retrieve a 12 gauge shotgun and urged him to shoot another man.
Matthews was arrested in November 2010 for possession of crack cocaine and in June 2011 for shooting at three men who were walking in the 1500 block of Elmtree, according to the plea agreement. After being arrested in June 2011 Matthews admitted to dealing drugs in Curtis Bay since early 2009.
Thirty six SSB members and associates have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy.