Baltimore and Eastern Shore Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty on Eve of Trial to Distributing 50 to 150 Kilograms of Cocaine

Admits to Participating in an Identity Theft Scheme

October 14, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - Prior to the start of his trial today in federal court, Deshaun Dennis, age 30, of Dover, Delaware, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 50 kilograms of cocaine and over 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine, and to conspiracy to obtain unlawful identification documents, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, from 2004 to 2008, Dennis, Anthony Ballard and others sold between 50 and 150 kilograms of cocaine, and between 1.5 and 4.5 kilograms of crack cocaine in the Baltimore and Eastern Shore areas of Maryland. Dennis organized cocaine deals for customers and collected money for cocaine purchases.

During a search on January 10, 2008 at Dennis’s home, law enforcement officers recovered a loaded handgun, $41,310 in cash, a false Maryland driver’s license and other false identification. Dennis was prohibited from possessing the handgun because he was previously convicted for drug possession. Dennis had obtained the false identity documents as part of a conspiracy in which Dennis and other co-conspirators paid bribes to a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration ("MVA") employee to receive fraudulently produced identification documents. Dennis provided the MVA employee with names, dates of birth and social security numbers of three other persons and used the false identification documents to assume the identifies of these real individuals.

Deshaun faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy, and five years in prison for the conspiracy to obtain unlawful identification documents. As part of his plea agreement, Dennis has agreed to forfeit the $41,310 in cash seized from his home on January 10, 2008. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for January 6, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.

Anthony Wayne Ballard, a/k/a Buzzard, age 38, of Baltimore pleaded guilty on October 8, 2008 to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of cocaine. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison at his sentencing scheduled for January 8, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Baltimore City Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration - Investigation and Security Services Division, the Somerset County and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Offices, and Somerset County State’s Attorney Kristy Hickman and her office for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kwame J. Manley and Harry M. Gruber, who are prosecuting the case.



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