Baltimore Man Sentenced to over 11 Years in Prison For Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

May 4, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Gilbert Watkins, age 35, of Baltimore, today to 135 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, from March to May, 2008 Watkins participated in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Baltimore. Between April and May, 2008, Watkins was intercepted in a series of communications and telephone contacts with co-conspirators Mark Hawkins and Donta Dotson in which Watkins spoke about purchasing cocaine in kilogram quantities from Hawkins and then selling the cocaine to Dotson. Watkins and others referred to the kilograms in coded terms such as “tickets,” “books” and “cases” and referred to money as “papers.” During their calls, the conspirators agreed to distribute over 15 kilograms of cocaine.

On May 27, 2008, law enforcement agents arrested Watkins and a search warrant was executed at two of his residences, one in the 1500 block of Light Street and one in the 3200 block of Kenyon Avenue, both in Baltimore. At the Light Street address, agents recovered approximately $110,000 and at the Kenyon Avenue address, agents recovered 62.7 grams of cocaine powder, 18 bottles of inositol, a cutting agent and two kilogram presses.

Mark Hawkins, age 36, and Donta Dotson, age 30, both of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Their sentencings have not yet been scheduled.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Charles J. Peters, who prosecuted the case.



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