15 Charged in Alleged Baltimore Drug Distribution Organization
Three Fugitives Being Sought on Federal Drug Charges - 12 Others Are in Custody
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted 15 Baltimore men on charges related to the operation of a drug distribution organization in Baltimore from at least 2010 to the present. The three indictments were returned September 7, 2011, and unsealed yesterday. Yesterday, ATF led at least 300 law enforcement officers who executed 29 federal and state search warrants. As part of this investigation, law enforcement also executed arrest warrants against 28 additional defendants charged in state court in Baltimore City with various drug trafficking offenses.
With respect to the federal indictments, eight individuals have been arrested, four defendants were already in state custody on related charges and three defendants have not been apprehended.
The indictments and arrests were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.
“You cannot stop a group of criminals by prosecuting individual members for individual crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “When criminals join together and threaten communities, law enforcement agencies must work together to put them out of business.”
“ATF’s Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT), in coordination with over 300 state and local law enforcement officials executed the enforcement action dubbed, ‘Brooklyn to the Bay’ in and around the city of Baltimore. We focused on the tools of the trade that make drug organizations a viable and violent threat to public safety,” says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop. “The positive results of reducing violent crimes involving narcotics, through the removal of those responsible, will have a lasting effect in making communities safer. VCIT sustains productivity through whole-hearted commitment, consistent communication, law enforcement partnerships, and a collective focus on firearms violence and public safety. Since 2004, VCIT has worked several long-term complex investigations, like ‘Brooklyn to the Bay.’ These investigations have covered the four corners of the city, with tentacles reaching out as far as western Maryland and the eastern shore. ATF focuses our efforts on areas that remain target-rich environments for violent crime, and we know that with this operation and the ones preceding it, ATF has impacted violent crime in Baltimore.”
The defendants being sought are: Edward Robinson, a/k/a “Mad Lou” and “Little Man,” age 24; Justin Malone, a/k/a “Smoke” and “Anthony Montgomery,” age 29; and Christopher Marshall, age 24. Their photos are attached and anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) at 1-800-ATF-GUNS.
The first indictment charges Robinson, Malone, Howard Drummond, a/k/a “H.O.,”age 24, Kevin Thomas, a/k/a “Dennyman,” age 29, and Brandon Miller, a/k/a “Reggie,” age 24, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin from 2010 to the present. Thomas and Miller were arrested yesterday and had an initial appearance. They were detained pending detention hearings schedule for Friday, September 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. and Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., respectively. If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory 10 years and up to life in prison.
The second indictment charges Corey Antonio Green, age 33; Rufus William Mason, age 28; Patrick Munroe Prawl, age 33; Jerry Walker, a/k/a “Feezy,” age 30; Omar Anderson, age 32; Larry Harlee, age 37; and Calvin Elgin Brown, age 22, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine from February 2011 to the present. Corey Green and Rufus Mason were arrested on September 1, 2011 and are detained. Walker, Anderson and Harlee were arrested yesterday. They had initial appearances and were detained pending detention hearings on Friday, September 16th at 2:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Patrick Prawl was arrested today and had his initial appearance. He was also detained pending a hearing scheduled for September 19, 2011. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum mandatory five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison.
The final federal indictment charges Lamont Douglas, age 24; Marshall; and Cecil Sherrod, age 27, all of Baltimore, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine between May and June 2011. They face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Another defendant Robert King, a/k/a “Fat Rob,” of Baltimore, was charged by criminal complaint with possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and was arrested yesterday. He had his initial appearance and was ordered detained after his detention hearing earlier today. King faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF Violent Crime Impact Team; the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Clinton J. Fuchs and John W. Sippel, who are prosecuting the case.