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MARCH 24, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNAPOLIS MAN SENTENCED TO 235 MONTHS FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION
BALTIMORE, Maryland - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today U.S. District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Keith Brown, age 47, of Annapolis, Maryland to 235 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
According to the statement of facts presented to the court at his guilty plea on June 13, 2005, Brown conspired with Deandre Myers and others from November, 2001 until January, 2004 to distribute kilograms of cocaine in Annapolis, Maryland and New York City. Brown and Myers have been involved in the distribution of crack cocaine in the housing projects of Annapolis and Eastport, Maryland since late 2001. Myers recruited Brown into the organization as a courier and cooker, turning powder cocaine into crack. Myers and Brown began soliciting friends from the Annapolis area to make runs for them to New York City to bring powder cocaine from New York to Maryland for later distribution as crack cocaine. Myers and Brown would provide the couriers with money, and instruct them on where to go once they arrived in New York and what amount to purchase. When the couriers returned with the drugs, they were instructed to meet with Myers and Brown at a predetermined location where the drugs would be cooked into crack and the couriers would be paid.
Brown began making at least 23 trips to New York City in early 2003. Each run to New York City resulted in the importation of on average, at least one kilogram of powder cocaine into Maryland. Brown and Myers would use hotel rooms and the homes of addicts to cook their product into crack for later distribution, paying cooperators in both cash and drugs.
Deandre Myers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine on May 5, 2005. Sentencing is scheduled for April 21, 2006.
U.S. Attorney Rosenstein praised the Annapolis Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, who participated in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation, and Assistant United States Attorneys Debra Dwyer and George Russell, who prosecuted the case.
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