Baltimore Career Offender Exiled to Over 21 Years in Federal Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Kevin Miller, age 25, of Baltimore, today to 262 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release following his August 6, 2008 conviction by a federal jury for conspiracy to distribute heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Motz enhanced Miller’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on previous convictions for drug trafficking and assault on a law enforcement officer.
According to trial testimony, in the summer of 2005 Miller began working for a northwest Baltimore heroin trafficking organization whose product was known as “Goodfellas.” The Goodfellas shop was at several locations, including Park Heights & Quantico; Park Heights & Oswego; and Park Heights & Classen. For three months, Miller watched out for police, “touted” the product, directed customers to the “hitters” who served the customers, collected money and ran packs of drugs from the stash locations to the hitters. He was paid about $50 to $75 a night.
Trial testimony further established that in September/October 2005, Miller was promoted to a lieutenant in charge of the Goodfellas street shop. He obtained the supplies of heroin from the owner of the street shop, supervised more than five workers who stashed the drugs, watched the corner, collected the money, sold the drugs and accounted back to the owner for the proceeds of the sales. Miller was paid small amounts of money on a daily basis as well as a monthly lump sum of between $7,000 and $10,000 from the profits of the business.
According to trial testimony, during the 15 month period that Miller worked for the Goodfellas drug shop, one kilogram of heroin was sold every 10 - 20 days, for a total of approximately 20 kilograms.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Welsh, who prosecuted the case.