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Baltimore Heroin Dealer Known as “Mush” Exiled to More than 12 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Eric Griffin, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 151 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

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 Griffin’s plea agreement, beginning during March, 2009, Baltimore Police Department officers received information from a confidential source that an individual the source knew as “Mush” was trafficking large amounts of heroin in the Baltimore area. The source identified a photograph of Eric Griffin (Griffin) as “Mush.”

Investigation revealed that Griffin’s driving privileges has been suspended in Maryland. Based on that information, the police began watching a residence in the 1200 block of Kitmore Avenue in Baltimore, that was connected to Griffin . On July 21, 2009, the police saw Griffin drive a gold Buick from that area to the 5400 block of Woodmont Avenue. Police approached Griffin while he was still in the car, and arrested him. A subsequent search of Griffin recovered 10 small baggies containing heroin, marijuana and more than $1000 in cash from his pants pockets. Although Griffin denied any knowledge of or involvement with the residence located on Kitmore Avenue, keys found on Griffin opened the front door of the home.

A search warrant was obtained for the Kitmore Avenue residence and officers recovered a digital scale, crack cocaine and marijuana, and other items used to package drugs for distribution.

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

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