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JANUARY 26, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 15 YEARS IN PRISON ON DRUG CHARGE
BALTIMORE, Maryland - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Kevin B. Pariag, also known as Darren Gadson, age 35, of Baltimore, Maryland to 188 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base.
According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea on October 31, 2005, a confidential source (CS) made two purchases of cocaine hydrochloride (powder cocaine) from Pariag on June 15, 2005 and June 30, for 62 grams (2 ½ ounces) and 125 grams (4 ½ ounces) of powder cocaine, respectively. On July 11, 2005 at the direction of law enforcement officers the CS contacted Pariag via a cellular phone and ordered an additional 18 ounces of cocaine. During a subsequent call the CS arranged to meet Pariag at a specific location in order to complete the sale.
Surveillance was established at Paraig’s home, in the 300 block of Sunshine Place, Baltimore, Maryland. Paraig was seen arriving, retrieving a motorcycle helmet from a black Lexus with Florida tags and entering the home. As he left the house a short time later, he was stopped by law enforcement officers and found to be in possession of 500 grams (½ kilogram) of cocaine. The person stopped identified himself as Daren Gadsen, from Orlando, Florida. “Gadsen” was arrested based on an open arrest warrant in Florida. The person stopped matched the description of Kevin B. Pariag and was in possession of the cellular phone used to contact the CS. Law enforcement officers subsequently executed a search and seizure warrant at the residence on Sunshine Place and recovered additional powder cocaine, 48.9 grams (almost 2 ounces) of cocaine base, a digital scale, money and packaging materials.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore County Police Department for the investigative work performed in this case. Mr. Rosenstein also praised Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano for prosecuting the case.
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