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Hagerstown Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

NOV 14 (BALTIMORE) - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced David Barnes, 32, of Hagerstown, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine) and cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.

The sentence was announced by Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Brisolari of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Washington Field Division; United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore; Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong; Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins; and Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith.

According to his guilty plea, from August to November 2011, Barnes conspired with others to sell cocaine and cocaine base in Frederick and Washington Counties. On May 18, 2010, Barnes sold 52 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential source working with the DEA and Washington County Narcotics Task Force for $1,900. On November 22, 2011, Task Force members executed a search warrant at Barnes’ residence and seized a loaded semi-automatic handgun and 28 grams of crack cocaine.

During the conspiracy, it was foreseeable to Barnes that between two kilograms and three and a half kilograms of cocaine would be distributed.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office and Washington County Narcotics Task Force led by Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore, for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Peter M. Nothstein, who prosecuted the case.

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