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Baltimore Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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February 11, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Brendon Lamont Gannon, age 38, of Baltimore, to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.

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.

According to Gannon’s plea agreement, Baltimore Police detectives were surveilling a restaurant on Stiles Street in Baltimore when they saw Gannon exit the restaurant and enter a vehicle parked in the block. Shortly thereafter, they saw another man leave the restaurant, open the hatch of another nearby parked vehicle, remove a small item and walk over to Gannon, handing Gannon the item, before walking back into the restaurant. The detectives could see that the item was a clear, plastic bag with suspected marijuana inside.

Other officers arrived to arrest Gannon, and as they approached, saw Gannon folding a dollar bill which had loose suspected marijuana inside. Those items were seized and Gannon was arrested. Police also seized $1,954 from Gannon, and plastic bags containing suspected cocaine and a digital scale with cocaine residue from the vehicle. Subsequent laboratory testing revealed that the suspected marijuana was indeed marijuana. A clear plastic bag contained 72.31grams of cocaine base and a purity level of 76%. Another clear plastic bag contained 16.56 grams of cocaine with a purity level of 79% and a third clear plastic bag contained 75.79 grams of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is commonly used in the cooking process to make powder cocaine into crack cocaine.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City 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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