Baltimore Felon Exiled to over 21 Years in Prison for Possession of a Gun in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Eric Keller, age 43, of Baltimore today to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a felon, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, on July 12, 2006, Baltimore City police officers received a call from the police dispatcher for an armed individual at 2416 E. Chase Street. The dispatcher described the man as wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, sitting on the front stoop of the residence, armed and selling drugs. The police officers responded and saw an individual matching the description given by the dispatcher seated in a chair in the front vestibule of the house.
As a police detective approached the front of the house, the man, later identified as Keller, stood-up quickly, hung a black object on what appeared to be a metal hook or nail in the vestibule, then turned around and quickly entered the first floor of the house. The detective followed Keller and ordered him to stop running. Keller stopped and turned around, throwing a clear plastic bag containing 21 black top vials of crack cocaine on the floor. Keller was arrested and officers recovered the bag that he had thrown on the floor; a Ruger .357 revolver, chrome with a black handle, that Keller had placed on the hook in the vestibule; 20 black top vials containing crack cocaine found in the same area near the handgun; and one clear bag containing marijuana and $817 from Keller’s pants pockets.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney John W. Sippel, who prosecuted the case.