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January 6, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE AND EASTERN SHORE DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING COCAINE
Also Participated in an Identity Theft Scheme
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced, Deshaun Dennis, age 30, of Dover, Delaware, today to 17 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 to 150 kilograms of cocaine and over 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine, and conspiracy to obtain unlawful identification documents, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett also ordered that Dennis forfeit $41,310 in cash seized from his home on January 10, 2008.
According to his guilty plea, from 2004 to 2008, Dennis, Anthony Ballard and others sold between 50 and 150 kilograms of cocaine, and between 1.5 and 4.5 kilograms of crack cocaine in the Baltimore and Eastern Shore areas of Maryland. Dennis organized cocaine deals for customers and collected money for cocaine purchases.
During a search on January 10, 2008 at Dennis’s home, law enforcement officers recovered a loaded handgun, $41,310 in cash, a false Maryland driver’s license and other false identification. Dennis was prohibited from possessing the handgun because he was previously convicted of drug possession. Dennis had obtained the false identity documents as part of a conspiracy in which Dennis and other co-conspirators paid bribes to a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration ("MVA") employee to receive fraudulently produced identification documents. Dennis provided the MVA employee with names, dates of birth and social security numbers of three other persons and used the false identification documents to assume the identifies of these real individuals.
Anthony Wayne Ballard, a/k/a Buzzard, age 38, of Baltimore pleaded guilty on October 8, 2008 to possession with intent to distribute 150 kilograms of cocaine. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison at his sentencing scheduled for March 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Baltimore City Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration - Investigation and Security Services Division, the Maryland State Police, the Somerset County and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Offices, and Somerset County State’s Attorney Kristy Hickman and her office for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kwame J. Manley and Harry M. Gruber, who prosecuted the case.