Baltimore Heroin Dealer Exiled to Life in Prison

Tried to Run Over a Law Enforcement Officer to Escape Arrest

April 22, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced David Rich, age 34, of Baltimore, today to life in prison for conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and assault on law enforcement officers. Judge Quarles enhanced Rich’s sentence upon finding that he was a career offender based on two previous convictions for assault; three drug convictions and a conviction for intimidating a juror.

The sentence was announced by 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; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

“David Rich’s life of crime made him one of the leading Violent Repeat Offender suspects investigated by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Baltimore under our EXILE program,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “He distributed heroin in Baltimore, used a gun in his drug dealing and tried to run down a law enforcement officer when he was caught. Now that David Rich’s life of crime has come to an end at age 34, the streets of Baltimore will be more safe.”

“The sentence that Mr. Rich received today should send a strong message to other career criminals engaged in drug trafficking that this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” stated Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “DEA will vigorously pursue criminals like Mr. Rich and lock up individuals engaged in such violence and illegal conduct.”

According to evidence presented at his four day trial, Rich received over 10 kilograms of heroin from a courier for one of Rich’s drug suppliers. In addition, law enforcement officers were watching Rich on August 25 and 26, 2008 at his home in Baltimore County. When he left the apartment and got into his car, a law enforcement officer approached Rich to take him into custody. Rich attempted to run over the agent, who dove out of the way. After a high speed chase, Rich was arrested in a wooded area near I-695. Law enforcement seized over 500 grams of heroin; cutting and packaging paraphernalia for heroin; a loaded .357 caliber handgun; and over $85,000 from his apartment.

Mr. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney Albert Peisinger, who assisted with the case and commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys James T. Wallner and Michael C. Hanlon, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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