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MAY 23, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL SENTENCED TO 17 ½ YEARS FOR
ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Naim Dawson, age 31, of Baltimore today to 17 ½ years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Blake enhanced Dawson’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal based on three previous convictions for crimes of violence or drug trafficking crimes.
According to his guilty plea, on January 18, 2005, DEA agents stopped Dawson after he exited a store in Baltimore City carrying a package which the agents believed contained drug paraphernalia. The agents searched Dawson’s vehicle, retrieved the package and recovered 250 empty vials and vial tops used for packaging cocaine and crack cocaine for street sales. Agents also searched Dawson’s apartment and recovered a loaded Glock, Model 26, 9 MM Luger caliber pistol, two bags containing 67 grams of crack cocaine, a sifter and other paraphernalia used to prepare and package crack cocaine.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney Charles J. Peters, who prosecuted the case.