Baltimore Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Gun in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

January 20, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Darnell Savoy, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Judge Bennett enhanced Savoy’s sentence upon finding he is a career offender based on three previous felony narcotics convictions.

The sentence was 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.

“We are confident this sentencing will send a strong message,” says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa Stoop. “The message is that ATF will continue to target the “worst of the worst” in Baltimore, and we will not relent until we put armed career offenders like Darnell Savoy in jail- for a very long time.”

According to Savoy’s plea agreement, on October 30, 2009, a search warrant was obtained for 1309 Harlem Avenue, First Floor and for the person of “Nelly” who was later identified as Darnell Savoy. Officers set up surveillance at the residence and saw Savoy exit a Gold Lincoln and walk to the rear of the location. He returned and placed a black bag into the trunk of the Lincoln. As the officers watched, Savoy met with another man, then a few minutes later with a woman. Each time Savoy and the individual went into 1309 Harlem Avenue, then left a few minutes later. After the woman left, officers arrived at the location to execute the search warrant and Savoy was stopped and advised of his Miranda rights.

From the locked front bedroom of the location officers recovered five knotted bags with 125 gel caps of heroin, located in plain view on a chair just inside the door. From a closed plastic bin in the bedroom officers recovered two black bags with a total of 28 knotted bags containing 700 gel caps of heroin, as well as two clear plastic bags containing a total of 36 gel caps of heroin and $113. Officers also recovered two loaded guns from the bin, a .25 cal Galesi semiautomatic handgun and a 9mm Ruger handgun, which was found to be stolen in 2007. Located in Savoy’s rear left pants pocket was a single key which matched the lock to the door of 1309 Harlem Avenue.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ATF, the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

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