Baltimore Man Exiled to 15 Years in Prison on Drug Charges

Gun and Drugs Recovered After Car Crash in Cemetery

September 23, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Deonte Boyd, age 25, of Baltimore, today to 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to Boyd’s plea agreement, on April 13, 2008 officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department went to Cedar Hill Cemetery at 5829 Ritchie Highway in Baltimore, for a motor vehicle accident. “On-Star” vehicle reporting service advised the 911 operator that the accident had just occurred and that air-bags had been deployed. After arriving at the cemetery, the officers saw a 2008 blue Impala with Maryland tags which had struck a large tree. The vehicle had severe front end damage and the horn was blowing continuously. Only the driver’s side air-bag had been deployed, indicating that only a driver was occupying the vehicle when it crashed. The officer observed a man, later identified as the Deonte Boyd, in the front passenger seat which was reclined. Boyd appeared to be in a daze and all the doors and windows of the car were locked. The officer knocked on the window several times to get Boyd’s attention, but he did not respond. Another officer arrived for assistance and attempted to get Boyd’s attention. With no response, the second officer broke the front passenger window with his baton, reached inside and unlocked the door to get to Boyd, who was still unresponsive. Officers removed Boyd from the car and placed him on the ground. The officers searched Boyd, but he had no identification.

Paramedics arrived and Boyd was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Officers then searched the vehicle in an attempt to identify Boyd, locating a jacket in the rear passenger area. Inside the jacket was a Maryland Identification Card bearing the name Deonte Desmund Boyd and the photo matched the man who was taken from the car. Also recovered inside the jacket was 42.9 grams of crack cocaine; a digital scale; cash and a cell phone. Officers also recovered a loaded Rossi model M885, .38 Special revolver, tucked between the passenger seat and the center console of the vehicle.

The registered owner of the Impala was a woman living in Baltimore who stated that she had given Boyd permission to drive the car, but that she did not own the firearm or the crack cocaine found in the vehicle.

Boyd has previously been convicted on gun and narcotics charges. Boyd was subsequently convicted of 2nd degree murder in Anne Arundel County and is serving a 30 year sentence.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Frank Weathersbee and Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly Poma, the Anne Arundel County 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 Debra Dwyer, who is prosecuting the case.



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