Baltimore Felon Exiled to 35 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Offenses

January 8, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Douglas Roseby, age 47, of Baltimore, today to 35 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin, possession of a gun to further a drug trafficking crime and possession of a gun by a convicted felon. Judge Motz enhanced Roseby’s sentence upon finding that he was both a career offender and an armed career criminal based on two previous convictions for drug offenses.

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III announced the sentence.

According to evidence presented at trial, Baltimore Police officers searched Roseby’s residence on November 20, 2009 and seized: gelatin capsules of heroin weighing 24.65 grams; plastic bags containing empty gelatin capsules; 33 zip lock bags of cocaine base weighing 10.91 grams; two digital scales; hundreds of empty zip lock bags; $550; a gun box for a .25 semiautomatic FIE handgun containing a box of 44 live Winchester .25 caliber semi automatic cartridges; and a loaded .25 caliber FIE handgun. Roseby was on parole for a felony drug conviction and advised officers in an interview that he obtained the drugs and gun from his drug supplier, who had given him the gun for protection.

Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul E. Budlow and Rachel M. Yasser, who prosecuted the case.



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