Baltimore Man Sentenced to Five Years for Drug Trafficking

April 10, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Philip R. Winkfield, age 21, of Baltimore today to five years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, on April 25, 2008 the Baltimore DEA was alerted by a DEA agent from Providence, Rhode Island that a package suspected to contain illegal drugs was to be delivered that day to Winkfield’s residence in Baltimore. Surveillance was set up and later that afternoon, the package arrived at the residence. Agents and officers executed a search warrant at the residence and seized 180 grams of cocaine powder; 157 grams of heroin; over six pounds of marijuana; $8,000; five loaded firearms including two semi-automatic pistols, two shotguns and a semi-automatic assault rifle; a bullet resistant vest; a digital scale; cutting agents; and a drug ledger. Winkfield admits that he possessed the heroin with the intent to distribute it and that one or more of the firearms was used in furtherance of the crime.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorney Tony Gioia, the Baltimore Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney George J. Hazel, who prosecuted the case.



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