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

December 19, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Michael Dennis, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland, late on Friday, December 16, 2011, to 22 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine; being a felon in possession of a gun and possession of a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking. Judge Blake also found that Dennis is a career offender and an armed career criminal, based on three previous drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III of the Baltimore City Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

According to Dennis’ plea agreement, he conspired with others to distribute heroin and crack cocaine from his home in the 800 block of Vine Street in Baltimore. On May 7, 2010 DEA agents and Baltimore City Police officers executed a search warrant at Dennis’ residence on Vine Street,and recovered several items including: heroin; crack cocaine; a .45 caliber Colt semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number; a .45 caliber Hi-Pint semi-automatic handgun; a .38 caliber Taurus revolver; one box of .45 caliber ammunition; digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. Shortly after the execution of the search warrant Dennis was arrested on Vine Street, near his home. Later laboratory analyses determined that the heroin had a net weight of 18.6 grams and the crack cocaine had a net weight of approximately 14.1 grams. However, much of the narcotics recovered was in the form of residue which was not factored into the net weight computation.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Baltimore City Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Ayn Ducao, who prosecuted the case.

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