- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal prosecutors say 13 alleged drug dealers have been indicted on racketeering charges in Maryland.

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning announced the charges Wednesday.

The indictment says several federal agencies launched an investigation last November into a Baltimore-area drug trafficking organization allegedly led by Ernest McRae and Jackie Bagley.

Bagley and McRae are named as defendants in the indictment, along with Rodney Addison, Deandre Anderson, Kurt Atkins, Vernon Bartee, Johntae Brown, Dominic Durham, Wilbur Forrester, Keith Johnson, Antonio Jones, Andrew Manuel and Stancil McNair.

The defendants face a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy charge, except for Manuel and Durham, who face 20 years. McNair faces a minimum of five years for a gun charge, and McRae faces 15 to life for a gun possession charge.

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