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Baltimore Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Robert Peterson, age 37, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and heroin. Judge Motz enhanced Peterson’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on four 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; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to Peterson’s guilty plea, during January and February 2010, detectives observed Peterson bring a supply of drugs to a house in the 1200 block of E. Federal Street, where a co-defendant sold the illegal drugs. Upon executing a search warrant at the location, detectives seized 155 vials of crack cocaine, a bag containing 9 grams of crack cocaine and 23 vials of heroin. Peterson admits that he conspired to distribute 15.37 grams of crack cocaine and 1.46 grams of heroin.

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

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