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July 15, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A CHIEF DRUG SUPPLIER TO THE PDL BLOODS GANG SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CRACK COCAINE
Third Strike Means You Are Out for Life
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Gregory Saulsbury, age 46, of Baltimore, today to life in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with attempt to distribute drugs. Saulsbury was convicted on March 19, 2010 following a one week trial. Judge Quarles enhanced Saulsbury’s sentence upon finding that Saulsbury is a career offender based on two prior drug convictions.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph Riehl of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.
“This case should be a wake-up call to career drug dealers,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “A third strike means you are out of the game for life.”
“The proof of ATF's commitment lies in this life sentence,” said ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph Riehl. “Our tireless efforts to build a rock solid case against the primary drug supplier to a violent gang, will no doubt have an everlasting impact on our communities.”
According to trial evidence, from January 2008 through May 2009, Saulsbury conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Baltimore. Saulsbury used his cell phone to set up drug meetings, collect money from customers and conduct other narcotics trafficking. On March 19, 2009, federal law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at Saulsbury’s house and recovered well over 14 ounces of powder cocaine and approximately two ounces of crack cocaine, drug money, drug scales, and other drug paraphernalia. Saulsbury also sold over two ounces of crack cocaine to an ATF confidential informant in this case.
During the course of the conspiracy, Saulsbury sold about 3.3 pounds of crack cocaine and several kilograms of powder cocaine. Saulsbury was one of the chief drug suppliers to the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang (PDL Bloods) in Baltimore.
Terrence Richardson, a/k/a “Squeaky,” “Don,” and “L-Don,” age 30, of Baltimore, the leader of the PDL Bloods, was also convicted of the drug conspiracy along with Saulsbury at trial, and sentenced on June 22, 2010, to two life terms in prison for the drug and racketeering conspiracies. The jury found that Richardson ordered the murder of Brandon Eveline, aka “Evil,” on July 28, 2008 in the 1900 block of East North Avenue, Baltimore. Eveline was killed at Richardson’s direction. The jury found that Richardson also ordered the murder of Robert Shaw. ATF agents prevented this murder from occurring when they arrested Richardson. Evidence further showed that Richardson also agreed to kill a third witness, who was planning to testify in an upcoming trial in Baltimore City state court.
United States Attorney Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Jessamy expressed their appreciation to Secretary Gary D. Maynard and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for their assistance in the investigation.
Mr. Rosenstein and Mrs. Jessamy also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the conspiracy case, and Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Staci Pipkin and Brandis Marsh, who assisted in the prosecution.