Member of the Gilmor Homes Drug Organization Sentenced to over 13 Years in Prison

West Baltimore Case Demonstrates “Unified Strategy to Target Gangs is Working”

January 19, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Dione Fauntleroy Sr., a/k/a “Big Man,” age 48, of Baltimore, today to 160 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Gilmor Homes public housing complex in Baltimore.

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

The case was investigated by the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police Departments and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office with the assistance of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. The federal prosecution was led by a local prosecutor who was detailed for several years to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

“Local, state and federal agencies worked together to bring federal drug charges against 22 members of a violent organization, every one of them pleaded guilty within 16 months, and the neighborhood is experiencing less crime,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “This case dramatically demonstrates that our unified strategy to target gangs that foment violence is working. The conspiracy included three generations of one family – a grandfather, father and son. We cannot allow that to happen again.”

“Mr. Fauntleroy Sr., will join his son in federal prison for a long time,” stated Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ava A. Cooper-Davis. “Mr. Fauntleroy Sr. was responsible for trafficking a significant amount of drugs throughout the Gilmore Homes community. DEA’s investigation of this drug trafficking organization (DTO) was a long-term, highly complex effort. This investigation demonstrates the continued commitment by DEA and the Baltimore City Police Violent Crime Impact Section (VCIS) to impact drug trafficking organizations at their highest level.” added Cooper-Davis.

According to his plea agreement, from January 2009 to June 2010, Fauntleroy conspired with his son Dione Fauntleroy Jr., who was the leader of the drug organization, and others to distribute cocaine and cocaine base throughout Baltimore, including the Gilmor Homes Housing Projects, a public housing project owned by the City of Baltimore. Fauntleroy Sr. sold crack and cocaine, and collected money from drug customers. Fauntleroy Sr. was responsible for the distribution of between 280 and 840 grams of crack cocaine, and between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine.

To date, 13 of the 22 defendants, including Fauntleroy, Sr., have been sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison for their participation in the conspiracy. Yesterday, Judge Legg sentenced Taii Speaks, age 24, of Baltimore, to five years in prison for her participation in the conspiracy. Dione Fauntleroy Jr., a/k/a “Sticks,” and “Dummy,” age 28, of Woodlawn, Maryland, was sentenced on January 13, 2012 to 13 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the DEA, Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys LaRae Everett and Tony Gioia for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted the case.

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