Baltimore County Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced William Richard Coursey, age 25, of Pasadena, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Blake enhanced Coursey’s sentence upon determining that he is a career offender based on two prior felony convictions for reckless endangerment and second degree assault.
According to his guilty plea, as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in Baltimore County, law enforcement intercepted phone calls between Coursey and a conspirator in which they discussed converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine, and the sale of the cocaine to Coursey’s customers. On October 25, 2007, the conspirator called Coursey and instructed him to go to a location in Baltimore County where 250 grams of crack cocaine were hidden. Coursey was observed driving to the location. In subsequent calls that day, agents overheard Coursey and his conspirator discuss the amount, price and quality of the cocaine that Coursey said he would sell to two customers.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted the case.