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Baltimore Felon Exiled to 22 Years in Federal Prison On Gun and Drug Violations


Had Eight Prior Convictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Frank Bailey, age 39, of Baltimore, today to 22 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett enhanced Bailey’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on eight previous convictions for robbery, assault and illegal drug distribution and possession.

“The criminal justice system loses its deterrent value if criminals view it as a revolving door,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “If you have a criminal record and get caught with a gun in Baltimore, you will be on the federal EXILE list. Sending armed career criminals such as Frank Bailey to prison for many years is the key to reducing gun crime and murders.”

According to trial testimony, on March 16, 2007 Baltimore Police Department officers observed the 300 block of S. Edgewood Street in Baltimore, an area known as an open air drug market, after receiving information that drugs were being sold there by a man who had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Officers saw two individuals approach a house on the block, and Bailey walk out of the house onto the porch with a small object in his hand which he gave to the individuals in exchange for money.

During a subsequent similar exchange, officers approached the front porch. Bailey ran inside. Officers pursued Bailey into the house and arrested him. Officers recovered 23 zip-lock bags containing 3.87 grams of cocaine base which Bailey had dropped while fleeing, and a loaded .22 caliber revolver from under a couch. Bailey 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 thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorney Sara Gross, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baltimore Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra L. Dwyer, who prosecuted the case.

 

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