Baltimore Felon Exiled to 13 Years in Prison For Illegal Possession of Drugs and Guns

July 10, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Marcus Preston, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 13 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, after he pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

According to the plea agreement, during April 2008, detectives from the Baltimore Police Department began a narcotics investigation in the 700 block of East 20th Street. During their surveillance, detectives saw Marcus Preston enter a home at 715 East 20th Street, exit a short time later, then hand another man a plastic bag containing numerous clear gel caps of suspected narcotics. Detectives continued to monitor the other man, who began to sell the drugs. The man was arrested and police recovered the plastic bag which was found to contain several gel caps of suspected narcotics and $80.

On April 25, 2008, a search warrant was executed at 715 East 20th Street, which officers believed was being used to store narcotics. As officers entered the home, an officer covering the rear of the home saw Preston climb out of the third floor back window carrying a bulky green bag. Preston began making his way across roof tops and finally entered a vacant home located at 711 East 20th Street via the third floor window, still holding the green bag. Detectives immediately went to 711 East 20th Street to locate Preston, entering the vacant home by climbing the back fire escape and climbing through the third floor window. Once inside the building, they located the bulky green bag sticking out of debris on the first floor. Inside the bag were clear top vials of crack cocaine, later tested and found to weigh 4.09 grams; a 9mm Taurus Model PT 99 AF handgun, loaded with 18 rounds; a .357 Magnum Dan Wesson Arms, Model 15-2VH handgun, loaded with 5 rounds; an unloaded .357 Smith & Wesson revolver; and a .380 Bryco Arms handgun with an obliterated serial number handgun, loaded with 6 rounds.

Detectives continued to look for Preston and finally located him hiding under a large pile of debris in a hole in the first floor. Preston admits that he was aware that the green bag contained four handguns and narcotics. As a previously convicted felon, Preston was prohibited from possessing a weapon.

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 work 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.



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