Baltimore Drug Dealer Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Richard Morris, age 28, of Baltimore today to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett enhanced Morris’ sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on four previous drug convictions.
According to his guilty plea, on April 12, 2007, Baltimore City Police Detectives were in the area of Bushey Street and Dundalk Avenue at a gas station conducting surveillance for narcotics activity and saw Morris, driving a BMW, pull into a gas station and enter the gas station’s store. Morris and a man he met at the gas station got back into the BMW, circled the block and re-entered the parking lot of the gas station. The officers approached the vehicle to speak to the occupants and Morris tried to flee. The officers recovered two plastic bags with crack cocaine from the floor of the car; $3,144 from Richard Morris; and 4 cell phones. Police also located a 1995 Lexus automobile registered to Morris outside his residence. A canine scan was conducted and the dog alerted for the presence of controlled substances. Police used a key recovered from Morris to search the vehicle and recovered 87 grams of crack cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore City Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted the case.