The Barksdale Organization was the preeminent West Baltimore narcotics trafficking organization until their dissolution in 2004. Their outfit was led by Avon Barksdale and Russell "Stringer" Bell.

History Edit

Background Edit

The Barksdale Organization secured five of the seven high-rise towers in Franklin Terrace and the low-rise McCullough Homes, or “The Pit,” to traffic cocaine and heroin. Avon secured his heroin and cocaine connection through a Dominican trafficking outfit in New York City. Avon enlisted a team of enforcers including childhood friend Roland Brice.

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Structure Edit

The principal supply of cocaine and heroin was diluted and packaged in a house in Pimlico before distribution. The organization laundered its profits through various front businesses including a funeral parlor, Orlando's Gentlemen's Club, and B&B, a real estate development company. The organization donated to, and bribed, State Senator Clay Davis to assistance in securing development contracts.

Avon employed crew chiefs to manage each of the five towers and the low-rise homes. The chiefs supervised dealers, "touts" who attracted customers, "runners" who delivered narcotics, and "look-outs" who monitored the surrounding area for law enforcement or stick-up gangs.

A strict telephone usage policy was applied throughout the organization. The pager messages were encoded to prevent easy tracing of the telephones used, all of which were public telephones. The code was based on simple use of the telephone keypad - numbers were swapped with their opposite across the number five, and five was exchanged with zero. This made it easily accessible to the poorly educated drug dealers. Each pager-carrying member of the hierarchy was identified by a number. When pages were returned with a phone call no names were supposed to be used, and if a name was used, the speaker was reminded not to. A separate code was used for resupply signals, which involved turning the pager display upside down.

Tower One - 221 - Peanut, Roc-Roc (lieutenant)

Tower Three - 954

Tower Four - 770 - Savino

Tower Five - 851 - Ronnie Moe, Little Vic (dealer)



Leadership Edit

Picture Name Seasons Status Overview
Avon Barksdale
Avon Barksdale 1, 2, 3, 5 Incarcerated

Avon Barksdale was the leader of the organization. He was convicted in 2004 for no less than twenty-five years.

The Wire Shamrock
Shaun McGinty 2, 3 Incarcerated

Shaun "Shamrock" McGinty was Russell "Stringer" Bell's administrative assistant while Avon Barksdale was in prison. He ran meetings, ensured everyone followed Robert's Rules, and took minutes. He was arrested and indicted in 2004.

The Wire- Stringer Bell plots his next move
Russell Bell 1, 2, 3 Deceased

Russell "Stringer" Bell was Avon Barksdale's chief administrator before Avon's arrest, acting boss while Avon was incarcerated, and street boss upon Avon's release. He was shot and killed by Omar Little and Brother Mouzone.

Enforcement Edit

Picture Name Seasons Status Overview
The Wire- Bird
Marquis Hilton 1, 2 Incarcerated

Marquis "Bird" Hilton was a coarse enforcer who murdered state's witness William Gant. He was convicted for murder in the first-degree in 2003.

Perry 1, 2, 3 Incarcerated

Perry was an enforcer who worked security at the funeral home. Perry was arrested and indicted in 2004.

Roland Brice 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Incarcerated

Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice was the Barksdale organization's most trusted soldier until he was sentenced to life without parole in 2002.

The Wire- Bernard in car with girlfriend
Bernard 3 Incarcerated

Bernard was responsible for buying the organization's disposable cell phones. He was arrested and indicted in 2004.

[[[File:The_Wire_-_Gerard.jpg|thumb|center|150px]] Gerard 3 Incarcerated

Gerard was an inexperienced Barksdale soldier. He was arrested and indicted in 2004.

Sapper The Wire
Sapper 3 Incarcerated

Sapper was a simple-minded Barksdale soldier. He was arrested and indicted in 2004.

The Wire- Lessons episode- Anton Stinkum Antis
Anton Artis 1 Deceased

Anton "Stinkum" Artis was an enforcer in the Barksdale crew. He managed the the transfer of drugs from Franklin Terrace to the low-rise housing project known as "The Pit". Artis was shot by Omar Little in retaliation for Brandon Wright's torture and murder.

Wintell Royce
Wintell Royce 1 Deceased

Wintell "Little Man" Royce was a heavyset soldier in the Barksdale crew. He was the chief enforcer of Tower 221 in Franklin Terrace. Royce shot Shakima "Kima" Greggs, drawing the attention of law enforcement and media. Deeming Royce unreliable, Russell "Stringer" Bell ordered Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice to murder Royce in 2002.

Savino Bratten
Savino Bratton 1, 5 Deceased

Savino Bratton was a low-level enforcer and crew chief of Tower 4, 770, in Franklin Terrace. He drove Wendell "Orlando" Blocker from prison to an alley where Wintell "Little Man" Royce and Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice murdered Blocker and wounded Greggs. Savino was convicted for three years for his involvement in the shooting. By 2008, he was involved in the Stanfield Organization. Savino was shot and killed by Omar Little in 2008 in retaliation for Butchie's torture and murder.

"Country" 2, 3 Deceased

"Country" was a Barksdale soldier who, despite being on parole, resumed his involvement with the Barksdale Organization in 2003. He was shot and killed in an attempted drive-by in 2004.

The Wire Season 3- Rico's final moments (played by unknown actor)
Rico 2, 3 Deceased

Rico was a heavy-set Barksdale enforcer who often worked as a bodyguard or door man. Rico was shot and killed by Felicia "Snoop" Pearson in a drive-by in 2004.

"Tank" 2, 3 Deceased

A minor Barksdale enforcer from season 3.

The Wire- Tatar (Uncredited actor)- Avon, Slim Charles and Perry's driver shot by Chris Partlow
"Tater" 3 Deceased

Tater was a soldier working for Avon Barksdale. He was shot and killed by Chris Partlow while attempting to drive away Perry, "Slim" Charles, and Avon Barksdale.

Cutty Wise
Dennis Wise 3, 4, 5 Inactive

Dennis "Cutty" Wise is an ex-convict who briefly resumed his affiliation with the Barksdale Organization upon his release from Jessup in 2004. Wise's involvement ended when he realized he was unable to kill Fruit. His departure is approved by Avon, who later gives Wise $15,000 to start his community boxing gym.

Slim Charles
Slim Charles 3, 4, 5 Inactive

"Slim" Charles became an enforcer for Avon in 2004 after the incarceration of Wee-Bey, Bird, and Savino, and the deaths of Little Man and Stinkum. After the dissolution of the Barksdale Organization, Slim became the chief bodyguard and advisor to Proposition Joe. After Joe's murder and the dissolution of the Stanfield Organization, Charles and Ricardo "Fat Face Rick" Hendrick became the new leadership of the New Day Co-Op.

Crew Chiefs and Dealers

Picture Name Seasons Status Overview
Marvin Browning 1 Incarcerated

Marvin was a dealer for the Barksdale who was convicted in 2002. Browning apprised Stringer of what the Baltimore Police Department knew.

Ronnie Mo
Ronald Watkins 1 Incarcerated

Ronald "Ronnie Mo" Watkins was the crew chief of "The Pit." After D'Angelo's release in February 2002, Watkins became the new crew chief of Franklin Terrace Tower Five, 851. He was convicted in 2002.

Herbert De'Rodd Johnson 1, 2, 3, Incarcerated

Herbert De'Rodd "Puddin" Johnson is a Barksdale Organization drug dealer and a friend to Bodie Broadus and Poot Carr.

The Wire- D'Angelo
D'Angelo Barksdale 1, 2 Deceased

D'Angelo Barksdale was Avon's nephew and a lieutenant in his drug dealing organization. Nervous about D'Angelo's resolve, Russell "Stringer" Bell had him murdered. He was asphyxiated to death in 2003.

The Wire- Bodie
Preston Broadus 1, 2, 3, 4 Deceased

Bodie was a loyal drug dealer for the Barksdale organization, left to run his own small independent crew after the organization fell apart. He was subsequently shot in the head by Darius "O-Dog" Hill, a rising enforcer in Marlo Stanfield's crew.

Wallace 1 Deceased

Wallace handled the count for D'Angelo Barksdale's crew. He was bothered by the brutal murder of Omar's boyfriend by the Barksdale crew, who left his body on display in the projects as a warning to others. He left the organization briefly and upon his return was murdered by Poot and Bodie on Stringer's orders.

The Wire- Bodie
Malik "Poot" Carr 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Inactive

Poot was a loyal dealer for the Barksdale organization, who serves brief prison time for his crimes. After returning from prison, he rejoins Bodie on his corner, but later leaves the game to work at a shoe store after Bodie was killed.

Sterling 1 Inactive

Sterling was a member of D'Angelo Barksdale's crew who was shot by Omar Little.

Associates Edit

Picture Name Seasons Status Overview
Maurice Levy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Alive

Maurice "Maury" Levy was the Barksdale outfit's legal counsel and represented all members of the Barksdale Organization during proffers and criminal trials.

Wendell Blocker
Wendell Blocker 1 Deceased

Wendell "Orlando" Blocker was the manager of Orlando's Gentlemen's Club, a front organization to launder money. He was shot and killed by Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice and Wintell "Little Man" Royce in 2002.

Shardene Innes
Shardene Innes 1, 5 Inactive

Shardene Innes is a former dancer at Orlando's who was in a brief relationship with D'Angelo Barksdale. She is now the romantic partner of Homicide Detective Lester Freamon.

Family Edit

Picture Name Seasons Status Overview
Donette 1, 2, 3 Alive

Donette is the former girlfriend of D'Angelo Barksdale and the mother to his child. After D'Angelo's incarceration, she began a relationship with Stringer Bell.

BrianaBarksdale 434
Brianna Barksdale 1, 2, 3, 4 Alive

Brianna Barksdale is Avon's sister and D'Angelo's mother.

The Wire- De'Londa Brice meets Wee-Bey in prison
De'Londa Brice 4 Alive

De'Londa Brice is the wife of Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice and the mother of Namond Brice.

Homicides Edit



Maurice Scroggins Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice 2001
Deidre Kressen Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice 2001
Pooh Blanchard D'Angelo Barksdale 2001
Toreen Boyd Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice 2002
Roland Leggett Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice 2002
Colette Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice 2002
Gerard Bogue "Little" Kevin 2002
John Bailey Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice and Marquis "Bird" Hilton 2002
Brandon Wright Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice, Anton "Stinkum" Artis," and Marquis "Bird" Hilton 2002
Wendell Blocker Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice and Wintell “Little Man” Royce 2002
Wintell “Little Man” Royce Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice 2002
Nakeisha Lyles Roland “Wee-Bey” Brice 2002
Wallace Preston “Bodie” Broadus and Malik “Poot” Carr 2002
D’Angelo Barksdale Jessup inmate by order of Russell "Stringer" Bell 2003
Five Jessup inmates Avon Barksdale 2003
“Boo” “Slim“ Charles 2004
LaTroy "Slim" Charles 2004


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