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June 27, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HARFORD COUNTY HEROIN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 112 MONTHS
Baltimore, Maryland - Charles Allen, age 52, of Abingdon, Maryland, was sentenced today to 112 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the statement of facts presented to the court today at his guilty plea, co-defendant Teresa DiMartino, age 59, of Bel Air, Maryland, introduced Allen to a cooperating witness (CW) in February of 2006. Allen agreed to buy heroin from the CW’s source of supply, saying that he would be able to get rid of it quickly. Allen requested that DiMartino pick up the heroin when the time came. On February 22, 2006 Allen met the CW and an undercover DEA task force officer posing as the CW’s source of supply. The undercover agent told Allen that the heroin cost $60,000 and agreed to accept partial payment of $20,000.
On February 23, DiMartino called the CW and the CW understood DiMartino to advise that Allen had dropped off the money needed for the drug transaction planned for this day. The CW called Allen and stated that the source of supply would be at the Maryland House Rest Area on I-95. The CW called DiMartino and they met at Denny’s in Harford County where DiMartino showed the CW $20,000.
Thereafter, DiMartino followed the CW to the Maryland House Rest Area where the CW introduced the undercover agent to her. DiMartino and the undercover agent went to the agent’s vehicle where DiMartino exchanged the $20,000 for 995 grams of heroin. DiMartino was arrested. She told agents that Allen would be waiting at DiMartino’s house. Later that day agents arrested Allen at DiMartino’s house.
DiMartino pled guilty to the same charge and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 8, 2006.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for its investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney Steven Levin, who prosecuted the case.
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