Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to over 15 Years in Prison

November 16, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Thomas Edward Fields, age 38, of Parkville, Maryland, today to 188 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Blake enhanced Fields’ sentence upon finding that he was a career criminal, based on three previous convictions for attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon and distribution of drugs.

“Due to the collaborative efforts of law enforcement this career criminal has been removed from our community. The sentence that Mr. Fields received today should send a strong message to other career criminals engaged in drug trafficking that this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” stated Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to Fields’ guilty plea, the DEA received information that James Smith, a/k/a Mustafa, was attempting to obtain a large amount of narcotics in the Baltimore area. On May 8, 2008, Smith, a/k/a Mustafa, met with an undercover officer working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, who represented himself as a high level Florida-based drug supplier who could supply cocaine for $19,000 per kilogram. Smith indicated that he wanted to buy two or three kilograms of cocaine. On May 9th, Smith called the undercover officer and said that he had a buyer who wanted to purchase two kilograms of cocaine. The undercover officer made arrangements to meet Smith in a restaurant parking lot in Anne Arundel County and told Smith that he would supply him with the narcotics only after seeing the money Smith was to bring for the purchase. Shortly after the undercover officer and Smith met in Smith’s van, Fields arrived in his car and retrieved a plastic bag containing a large amount of cash from the back seat of his car. He got into the passenger side of the van and showed the money to the undercover officer. Smith and Fields were arrested and $51,000 was seized from Fields.

Smith, age 56, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Baltimore City Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted the case.



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