Baltimore Felon Exiled to 18 Years in Prison For Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Illegal Possession of a Firearm
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Gregory Cooper, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 18 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. Judge Bennett enhanced Cooper’s sentence upon finding that he is both a career offender and an armed career criminal based on previous convictions for assault, battery and two convictions for possession with intent to distribute narcotics.
According to the plea agreement, on November 9, 2007, law enforcement officers from the Baltimore Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Cooper’s residence on Pentwood Road. An officer positioned in front of the house covering the first and second floor windows saw Cooper open a second floor window and stick the upper half of his body out of the window as if trying to climb out. The officer instructed Cooper several times to place his hands in the air. Cooper threw a large silver handgun into the yard of the home, then placed his hands over his head. Cooper was arrested and officers recovered a Ruger .357 Magnum from the yard. From the house officers recovered six .357 caliber rounds of ammunition from below the window where officers observed him trying to climb out, a plastic bag containing approximately nine grams of crack cocaine, and a backpack containing over 1,000 empty gelatin capsules, and other drug distribution paraphernalia. Cooper had previously been convicted of a felony crime and as such, was prohibited from possessing both the firearm and the ammunition.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy thanked the Baltimore City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the case and Assistant State’s Attorneys Jamie Francomano and Albert Peisinger who assisted in the prosecution.