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January 22, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HEROIN SUPPLIER EXILED TO 15 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
Distributed Heroin Under the Brand Name “Ray Charles”
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Raymond Stern, age 33, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release after Stern pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, Stern was a source of supply for a drug organization selling heroin, under the brand name “Ray Charles,” in and around Pennsylvania Avenue and Mosher Street in Baltimore. Throughout the summer of 2008, law enforcement overheard conversations between Stern and his co-conspirators discussing the resupply of heroin for the organization. On September 10, 2008, after one such conversation law enforcement followed one of Stern’s drug couriers to a home in the 400 block Imla Avenue in Baltimore and then to another location where the courier was met by another co-conspirator. Officers arrested both individuals and a search of the courier’s car recovered 2000 gelatin capsules filled with heroin. Agents returned to the home on Imla Avenue and saw Stern leaving the house with a large plastic tote. Stern was arrested and a search of the tote revealed over two kilograms of heroin and two firearms: an IMI Uzi 9 millimeter pistol loaded with 32 rounds; and an Intratech, 22LR caliber pistol loaded with 50 rounds. A search of the home found over 100,000 empty gelatin capsules and cutting agents used to process heroin.
As part of his plea, Stern agreed to forfeit the following property which was derived from his drug proceeds: $114,885 in cash; a Rolex watch; four Breitling watches, including one that was diamond encrusted; other jewelry, including a diamond necklace and ring; $5,980 found in the home on Imla Avenue; and four bank accounts belonging to Stern containing a total of $9,619.32.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorneys Albee Peisinger and Kevin Wilson, the Baltimore Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys James T. Wallner and Michael C. Hanlon, who are prosecuting the case.