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Baltimore Man Sentenced to over 12 ½ Years in Federal Prison For Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - Samuel Hernandez, age 32, of Baltimore, was sentenced today to 151 months incarceration followed by a period of five years supervised release for conspiring to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the plea agreement, between at least March, 2007 and May, 2007, the Defendant and others, including Tony Lee Bauer, Armando Vargas, Juan Vargas, and Erick Urbina agreed to distribute cocaine powder. Specifically, between March and May, 2007, the Defendant was intercepted in a series of communications and telephone contacts in which the Defendant purchased and combined financial resources with Armando Vargas, Juan Vargas, and Erick Urbina to purchase kilogram quantities of cocaine from sources outside the State of Maryland for distribution to others, including Tony Lee Bauer, in the Baltimore area. Such communications included agreements to distribute over 15 kilograms but less than 50 kilograms of cocaine. Further, on May 11, 2007, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and members of the Baltimore County Police Department executed a search warrant at the Defendant’s residence at 7517 Cedar Grove Lane, Elkridge, Maryland and recovered a .357 Caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and $44,700.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore County Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Peters, who prosecuted the case.

 

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