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Cocaine Distributor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

MAY 27 (BALTIMORE) - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Duane Curtis, 37, of Randallstown, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to launder money.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division.

According to Curtis’ guilty plea, from July 2011 through March 2012, Curtis conspired with Monique Devane and others to distribute cocaine.  Devane shipped cocaine from Arizona to Curtis in Maryland for distribution.  Curtis sold the cocaine in Maryland and deposited the proceeds into one of four bank accounts controlled by Devane.  Devane used the money to purchase more cocaine in Arizona.  Over the course of the conspiracy, Curtis deposited over $253,350 in drug proceeds and through his participation in the conspiracy between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine were foreseeable to Curtis.

Monique Devane, 34, of Yuma, Arizona, previously pleaded guilty and was sentence to five years in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA Washington and Arizona Field Offices for their work in the investigation, and recognized the Baltimore County Police Department for its assistance.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Brooke Carey and Peter M. Nothstein, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.  

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