Drug Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Michael Tedder, age 37, of Brooklyn, New York, today to 14 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Motz also ordered Tedder to forfeit $36,000 in drug proceeds.
According to his guilty plea, from January 2002 until July 2006, Tedder conspired with other individuals to distribute cocaine. During this time, law enforcement overheard Tedder discussing and arranging transactions involving the wholesale distribution of cocaine and the collection of narcotics proceeds. Based upon these conversations and surveillance conducted by law enforcement, Tedder was stopped on January 24, 2006 in Maryland and found to be in possession of $36,000 in drug proceeds, collected by Tedder from drug traffickers and owed to a co-conspirator. Tedder was en route to provide the money to the co-conspirator in Philadelphia at the time he was stopped. Subsequently, Tedder and the co-conspirator were heard during several telephone conversations trying to obtain fraudulent documents to legitimize the money. During the course of the conspiracy, Tedder was responsible for the distribution of between 3.5 and 5 kilograms of cocaine.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for its investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case, and commended Assistant United States Attorney James T. Wallner, who prosecuted the case.