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Baltimore Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Possessing a Gun

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January 25, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Ammon Phillip, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 15 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a gun. Judge Bennett enhanced Phillip’s sentence upon finding that Phillip is 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; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to his Phillip’s plea agreement, on March 2, 2010 law enforcement saw several individuals hand money to Phillip, who was walking back and forth in the 1700 block of Montpelier Street. Phillip would take the money, walk to a car parked on the block, sit inside and return to the individuals, handing them small items. After several such transactions took place, police arrested Phillip. Three plastic bags containing a total of 51 gelatin capsules of heroin and 15 vials of heroin were seized from Phillip’s waistband along with $150. A 9mm handgun was also seized from the car. Philip had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing a gun.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Celeste, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

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