Leader of Baltimore Drug Distribution Organization Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

May 29, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Kevin Hently, age 53, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy 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; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to his guilty plea, from 2009 to June 2010, Hently was the leader of a drug distribution organization that operated in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. During the time of the conspiracy, Hently was responsible for the distribution of between one and three kilograms of heroin, which was obtained from sources of supply in New York.

During the investigation, law enforcement seized drugs and drug paraphernalia from members of the conspiracy as well as large sums of cash and two firearms. Law enforcement also intercepted cell phone conversations between Hently and other conspirators, during which they discussed their drug distribution.

Co-conspirators Curtis Connor, age 47, of Baltimore; Craig Scott, age 52, of New York, New York; and Patrick West, age 44, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the organization and were sentenced to 10 years in prison, 90 months in prison and 51 months in prison, respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney John W. Sippel, Jr., who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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