June 18, 2013

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Awal Mohammed, age 38, of Greenbelt, Maryland, today to 136 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring 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; District Director Gregory Collett of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Baltimore District Office; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to evidence presented at his week-long trial, on December 27, 2011, Maryland State Police stopped a car in which Mohammed was the front seat passenger and seized at least 971 grams of heroin from the glove compartment. Mohammed had previously used a courier from Ghana to bring the heroin into the United States and was en route to sell the heroin to a buyer in Baltimore. Mohammed had previously sold heroin brought in from Ghana to other dealers and customers. It was foreseeable to Mohammed that the conspiracy would distribute or possess with the intent to distribute at least 1,000 grams of heroin.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the USCIS, DEA and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth S. Clark, who prosecuted the case.

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