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AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or
MARCIA MURPHY at 410-209-4885
July 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE HEROIN DEALER EXILED TO OVER 15 YEARS IN PRISON
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Darnell Angelo Holmes, age 41, of Baltimore, today to 188 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Quarles enhanced Holmes’ sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on two previous robbery convictions and a narcotics conviction.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.
According to Holmes’ plea agreement, from about 2008 through April 2009, he conspired with others to distribute heroin. During the conspiracy, law enforcement officers overheard Holmes in telephone conversations with co-defendants discussing and arranging transactions involving the wholesale distribution of heroin. Based upon these conversations and surveillance conducted by law enforcement, Holmes was determined to control a stash location for the heroin. During the conspiracy, Holmes would obtain bulk quantities of heroin from a co-defendant, and then package the heroin for redistribution. Holmes admitted that, along with other members of the conspiracy, he conspired to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Antonio Gioia, Miabeth Marosy and Rebecca Cox, for their work in the investigation and prosecution and Assistant United States Attorneys James T. Wallner and Clinton J. Fuchs, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.