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March 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PIKESVILLE MAN EXILED TO OVER 16 YEARS IN PRISON FOR
DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A GUN
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Kenneth Eugene Bass, age 36, of Pikesville, Maryland, today to 195 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett also ordered Bass to forfeit a .45 caliber High Point pistol and a 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan used in the drug conspiracy.
According to his guilty plea, between May 8, 2008 and June 9, 2008, Bass and co-conspirator Garry White agreed to provide one kilogram of cocaine (half powder and half crack cocaine) to a third-party known to White. On June 9, 2008, Bass made plans to meet White and the third party in the parking lot of a hotel in Pikesville and deliver the narcotics. Bass later advised White that some of his cocaine had been sold and he now only had 250 grams of cocaine available to sell. Bass and White agreed to sell the 250 grams, which would initially be shown to the third-party in powder form and then cooked into crack cocaine. Law enforcement officers arrested Bass and White in the parking lot of the hotel and recovered a .45 caliber High Point pistol from Bass’ waist area and 250 grams of cocaine from a 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan, which Bass had been driving.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and his office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Harry M. Gruber, who is prosecuting the case.