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April 27, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OWINGS MILLS HEROIN DEALER EXILED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced LeJuanne Walker, age 28, of Owings Mills, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Blake enhanced Walker’s sentence upon finding that he was a career offender based on two previous narcotics convictions.
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 City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.
According to Walker’s plea agreement, during 2008 and 2009, he participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin. Walker and other co-conspirators received telephone calls from heroin customers to purchase heroin and set up locations to meet the customers to complete the heroin sales. During a two-month period beginning in April 2009, after learning of planned drug transactions from intercepted calls between Walker, his co-conspirators and customers from West Virginia and western Maryland, law enforcement conducted surveillance of the transactions, then detained the customers as they returned to West Virginia and western Maryland and recovered the heroin. During this time period, Walker and his co-conspirators accepted and filled orders for approximately 1 ½ pounds of heroin.
Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cheryl L. Crumpton and Michael C. Hanlon, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case and thanked Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney Miabeth Marosy for her assistance in the investigation and prosecution.