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January 5, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HAGERSTOWN DRUG DEALER PLEADS GUILTY AND IS SENTENCED
TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jerome Andre Broadus, age 33, of Hagerstown, Maryland, late yesterday to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, after Broadus pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
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 and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force led by Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith and Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong.
According to his guilty plea, from 2008 through April 2009, Broadus conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Hagerstown, Maryland and the surrounding areas. Broadus obtained the narcotics from suppliers and sold the narcotics to his own customers, some of whom would in turn sell the drugs themselves.
During 2008, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force (WCNTF) conducted an investigation into the drug activities of associates of Broadus. During April and May 2008, DEA and WCNTF worked with a confidential informant to make controlled purchases of crack cocaine from an associate of Broadus. Beginning in September 2008 and continuing until October 2008, law enforcement agents overheard the associate engaging in drug-related conversations with Broadus during which the two would discuss possible drug deals.
On September 15, 2008, in response to requests from a DEA confidential informant for three ounces of crack cocaine, the associate met with Broadus in Broadus’s car in Hagerstown. DEA agents previously had overheard conversations between the associate and Broadus making arrangements to meet so that the associate would be able to obtain from Broadus “three” of an unspecified item, which agents believed was three ounces of crack cocaine. Law enforcement officers watched the meeting, then detained the Broadus and the associate. A search of Broadus’s car recovered three ounces of crack cocaine (approximately 90 grams).
During the course of Broadus’s involvement in the conspiracy, he was responsible for the distribution of at least 5 kilograms of powder cocaine and at least 150 grams of crack cocaine.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Michael C. Hanlon and Bryan Giblin, who prosecuted the case.