Baltimore Heroin Dealer Exiled to 10 Years in Prison On Drug Charges

Case Demonstrates Federal Commitment to Stop Importation of Illegal Drugs

March 16, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Lovell Patterson, age 32, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Bennett enhanced Patterson’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on five previous drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Debbie D. Bullock of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III of the Baltimore City Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

According to his plea agreement, on February 3, 2011, Patterson traveled to a stash house on 4204 Eldone Road in Baltimore to deliver drugs. Baltimore City Police officers, who had been monitoring Patterson’s activities for several weeks, observed Patterson carrying a bag into the stash house and leave moments later without the bag, driving away without a valid driver’s license.

Officers stopped Patterson for driving without a valid driver’s license and took him back to the stash house, where they searched the residence pursuant to a search warrant. The officers seized the bag that Patterson had carried into the house which contained over 100 grams of heroin and other drug packaging and distribution paraphernalia. Officers also seized $1,740 from Patterson.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore City Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Antonio J. Reynolds, who prosecuted the case.

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