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October 27, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GWYNN OAKS MAN SENTENCED FOR CRACK COCAINE CONSPIRACY
Used a Juvenile As a Drug Runner
BALTIMORE, Maryland - Darry Harrod, age 28, of Gwynn Oaks, Maryland was sentenced today to 151 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett enhanced Harrod’s sentence upon finding that he was a career criminal, based on his previous convictions for robbery and drug possession and distribution.
U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein stated, "Mr. Harrod will be exiled from Baltimore for over 12 years, so he will not be able to corrupt any more children by using them as runners for his drug deals."
According to the statement of facts presented to the court at his August 16, 2006 guilty plea, on July 5, 2005, in the 1200 block of Sergeant Street in Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Officers observed people walking up to and speaking to Harrod, who was standing in the sidewalk area. After speaking with these individuals, Harrod would motion to a juvenile, who would walk over to the individuals to whom Harrod had spoken and get money from them. The juvenile would then retreat into an alley for about 30-40 seconds and would return to the individuals, handing them a small object which the individuals were observed placing in their mouths, bra area, groin or butt area or pockets. During this activity, Harrod was watching the area and would in turn, motion to the buyers that it was ok to leave.
Harrod and the juvenile were arrested. Recovered from the steps of the vacant house were one white sock; 20 red top vials containing 3.9 grams of crack cocaine found inside the sock; and a .32 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, loaded w/4 rounds.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baltimore City Police Department for their investigative work in this case. Mr. Rosenstein also praised Assistant United States Attorney Debra Dwyer, who prosecuted the case.
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