Baltimore Man Exiled to over 14 Years in Prison for Distribution of Crack Cocaine

September 4, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg, sentenced David Tisdale, age 32, of Baltimore late yesterday to 170 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, after he was convicted by a federal jury in February, 2009, on five counts of distribution of and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

According to testimony at his four day trial, in April 2006, Baltimore police received information and a telephone number, for “Dreds” (later identified as David Tisdale) who reportedly sold large quantities of narcotics in Baltimore City. On May 3, 2006, a Baltimore Police detective called Tisdale’s number and left a message where he identified himself as “George,” indicated he had received Tisdale’s number from a mutual friend and that he was looking to make some money. Later that evening Tisdale returned the call. Subsequently, the detective made several unsuccessful attempts to reach Tisdale, but on the evening of May 8, 2006, Tisdale called the detective and discussed conducting a possible drug transaction. After a brief meeting on May 9, 2008, Tisdale agreed to sell the detective approximately 7 grams of crack cocaine for $260. The detective purchased crack cocaine from Tisdale on four other occasions in May, eventually increasing the amount of crack cocaine purchased to two ounces of crack for $2,000 on May 31, 2006. After that transaction, Tisdale was arrested and officers recovered the $2,000 in pre-recorded departmental currency.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy thanked the Baltimore City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the case and Assistant State’s Attorney Mia Beth Morosy who assisted in the prosecution.



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