Leader of Drug Organization Exiled to over 12 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking in the Latrobe Homes Area of East Baltimore City

January 6, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Dana Bowman, age 39, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

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; Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

“Today’s sentencing of Dana Bowman closes the book on a drug trafficking leader who was responsible for trafficking heroin in the Latrobe Homes community of East Baltimore,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Ava A. Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Division. “Mr. Bowman will now be behind bars for many years, as he deserves. This case clearly demonstrates DEA’s commitment, by working with our law enforcement partners, to stop drug traffickers who profit from the harm they present to our community,” stated Cooper-Davis.

According to his plea agreement, from 2008 to March 2011, Bowman was a leader of a drug organization that sold heroin in the Milton Avenue and Hoffman Street area, as well as the Federal Street and Regester Street area, of east Baltimore. Law enforcement overheard Bowman in phone conversations warning a street level heroin distributor about police presence in the area, and of being informed by an organization member of the arrest of another member.

On December 8, 2008, Bowman was arrested in the 1700 block of N. Regester Street after dropping 47 gel caps containing about 10 grams of heroin to the ground . Bowman was again arrested on January 6, 2009 when Baltimore Police officers executed a search warrant at a dwelling on Chase Street in Baltimore where Bowman was present. Police seized a ziplock of marijuana, $7,452, two digital scales with residue and a razor blade with residue from the residence.

Bowman conspired with others to distribute between one and three kilograms of heroin.

To date, 12 defendants have pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug trafficking conspiracy.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Block and Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

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