Boss of Southwest Baltimore’s NFL gang sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering, murder

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The leader of Baltimore’s NFL gang, 31-year-old Gregory “Gotti” Butler, was sentenced Friday, March 17, to 30 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise.

According to his guilty plea, from 2016 to March 2020, Butler was a leader of the NFL gang and participated in its illegal activities with other members. The term “NFL” stands for Normandy, Franklin, and Loudon, three adjacent streets that run through the Edmondson Village in Baltimore. Members of NFL have social and familial ties to the Edmondson Village neighborhood in southwest Baltimore.

Flooding the streets with dope

During the conspiracy, NFL members distributed large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine to drug customers and re-distributors from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Butler admitted that he obtained narcotics from multiple sources of supply and stored the narcotics in stash houses that he controlled.

Over the course of the charged conspiracy, Butler and his co-conspirators distributed over one kilogram of heroin and more than 280 grams of crack cocaine and more than 400 grams of fentanyl.


Butler admitted that the NFL enterprise sold heroin and fentanyl to multiple drug customers who subsequently overdosed and died. He agreed that these fatal overdoses were reasonably foreseeable to him, in light of his direct oversight of the enterprise’s drug trafficking activities.

For example, on about August 16, 2016, Butler coordinated the sale of heroin to customer in Rockville, Maryland, who, later that day, used the heroin and died. In addition, Butler paid members and associates of the NFL enterprise to commit multiple murders on behalf of the enterprise and at least one of those murders was carried out by members of the NFL gang.

Over 30 defendants in this and related cases have pleaded guilty. Including Butler, 29 of the defendants have been sentenced to between 30 years and time served.

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