Baltimore Career Offender Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Prison for Distribution of Crack Cocaine
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Robert Anderson, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 151 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Judge Blake enhanced Anderson’s sentence upon finding the he is a career offender based on two previous drug convictions.
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 Patricia C. Jessamy; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.
According to Anderson’s plea agreement, on November 24, 2008, a Baltimore City Police detective received information from a bail bondsman that he had entered a home in the 1800 block of West Franklin Street in search of Robert Anderson, who had two outstanding warrants. The bail bondsman arrested Anderson and a subsequent search of Robert Anderson by another bail bondsman recovered a plastic bag containing 5.08 grams of crack cocaine, a plastic bag containing marijuana, and a white top jug containing cocaine base from Anderson’s pants pocket. The bail bondsman advised the detective that he had also seen a handgun in plain view on the dresser in the front living room. Detectives went to the home on West Franklin Street and obtained a search warrant for the home. Anderson told the detectives that everything in the house was his and that no one else had anything to do with it. During the search detectives recovered a Sturm Ruger 9mm handgun with an obliterated serial number and a loaded magazine right next to it, from the top of the dresser in the living room. As detectives continued to search, Anderson directed detectives to a drawer in the living room dresser on which the gun was located, where detectives recovered a plastic bag containing 62.2 grams of cocaine base, a bottle of inositol (which is a cutting agent), a digital scale with powder residue, a plastic bag containing eight 9mm rounds, and ten loose 9mm rounds.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Celeste, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert R. Harding, who prosecuted the case.