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Member of Heroin Organization Operating in the Baltimore Area Sentenced to over 12 Years in Prison


Used His Home Located Less than 1,000 feet from a Baltimore Charter School to Process and Distribute Heroin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Alvin Williams, Jr., age 41, of Baltimore, to 150 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. Williams pleaded guilty to the charge on April 10, 2012, after two days of trial.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Maryland-Delaware Division; Assistant Director in Charge James W. McJunkin of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Washington Field Office; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; Major Michael Kundrat, Senior Commander of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police; Michael A. Pristoop, Chief of the Annapolis Police Department; Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.; Colonel Marcus Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to statements in court during Williams’ guilty plea, as part of a long term investigation being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) into a heroin drug trafficking organization, calls intercepted over Christian Gettis’ phone revealed that Gettis distributed significant quantities of heroin in Baltimore metropolitan area. Conversations between Gettis and Williams were intercepted in which Williams agrees: to have a “tester” sample heroin the organization is selling; to obtain cutting agents and packaging materials for the heroin; and to process the heroin. Williams allowed Gettis to use a van Williams owned, as well as Williams’ home, which was less than 1,000 feet from a charter school in Baltimore City, to process and distribute heroin. The investigation revealed that the conspirators distributed heroin in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County and a housing project in Annapolis.

Williams admitted that he conspired with others to distribute between one and three kilograms of heroin.

To date, 27 defendants have pleaded guilty to their participation in the Gettis drug trafficking conspiracy. Judge Motz previously sentenced Christian Devlon Gettis a/k/a “Cutty Rock,” “C,” and “Chris,” age 39, of Baltimore, the leader of a heroin distribution organization, to16 years in prison and sentenced co-defendant and heroin supplier Charles C. Guy, a/k/a “Captain,” “Beloved,” “B,” “Billy,” “Billy Guy,” “Gary Peterson,” and “Damon Lamont Hackett,” age 43, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, to17 years in prison, after both pleaded guilty.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised FBI agents in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C.; the Baltimore Police Department; MdTA Police; the Annapolis Police Department; the Anne Arundel County Police Department; the Maryland State Police; FBI agents in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; the DEA; and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the searches and the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Ayn B. Ducao and Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.


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