Crack Cocaine Dealers Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison
Sold $40 of Crack Cocaine to Undercover Officer
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Robert Chambers, age 54, and Richard Tarrant, age 38, both of Baltimore, today to 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for each, for distribution of crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Quarles enhanced Tarrant’s and Chamber’s sentences upon finding that each was a career criminal based on previous felony drug convictions and at least one conviction for a crime of violence.
According to their June 16, 2008 guilty pleas, entered on the day they were scheduled to go to trial, on February 15, 2007, an undercover officer was working in the area of the 2400 block of Druid Hill Avenue in Baltimore. The undercover officer approached Tarrant and asked him if he had any “ready dimes” (street term for $10 vials/bags of crack cocaine). Tarrant, who was standing with Chambers, stated that he had nickels ($5 vials/bags). The undercover officer purchased eight vials of crack cocaine, handing Tarrant $40. Chambers then handed eight green top vials to Tarrant, who passed them to the undercover officer.
Tarrant and Chambers were subsequently arrested and officers recovered from Tarrant the $40 in pre-recorded bills, along with an additional $208. Officers recovered 36 green top vials from Chambers which were found to contain 4.30 grams of crack cocaine. These green top vials were of the same size, shape and color as the ones purchased by the undercover officer. A subsequent analysis of the 8 vials purchased by the undercover officer from Tarrant revealed they contained a total of .85 grams of crack cocaine.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys George Hazel and Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted the case.