Baltimore Felon Exiled to 10 Years in Federal Prison For Drug Distribution

September 26, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Derron Burston, age 29, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distributing and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

According to his guilty plea, Baltimore Police officers responded to a call on March 19, 2008 from Burston’s residence. As the officers entered the residence, a female occupant told them that her boyfriend was upstairs with a gun. The officers saw Burston walk down the stairs from the second floor with his hands above his head. The woman told the officers that Burston had threatened her with a gun. The officers searched the residence and found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in a hamper in a bedroom. In the basement, they also found two plastic bags containing crack cocaine in a man’s coat, and additional bags of crack cocaine in a child’s coat. The bags held a total of 66.53 grams of cocaine base.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy thanked the Baltimore City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the case, and Assistant State’s Attorney Brandis Marsh, who assisted in the prosecution.

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