Drug Dealer Sentenced to Life in Prison for Distributing More than 330 Pounds of Cocaine

Total of Eight Defendants Convicted in Multi-Kilogram Cocaine Conspiracy

November 6, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced William Leonardo Graham, age 42, of Essex, Maryland, to life in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Graham was convicted of that charge by a federal jury on August 19, 2009. Judge Quarles imposed the life sentence based on Graham’s three previous narcotics convictions and the amount of drugs involved in the conspiracy.

According to testimony at his three day trial, from March 2006 through August 2008, Graham and several co-defendants distributed more than 330 pounds of cocaine to customers in the Baltimore area. Graham and his co-conspirators obtained cocaine from suppliers in Mexico and then sent the proceeds of these drug transactions back to their suppliers.

Seven other defendants have pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy. Otis Rich, age 34, of Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced on January 9, 2009 to 188 months in prison. Juan Nunez, age 34, of Baltimore and Marcos Galindo, age 33, of Arizona pleaded guilty at the start of trial. Justin Gallardo, age 27, of Arizona and Lawrence Reeves, age 38, of Odenton, Maryland also await sentencing for their participation in the conspiracy. Devon Marshall, age 38, of Abingdon, Maryland pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and to being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison, followed by a mandatory minimum term of supervised release of ten years. Nathaniel Lee Jones, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland pleaded guilty to related state charges and awaits sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorney Antonio Gioia, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Baltimore City Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys George J. Hazel and Bryan Giblin, who are prosecuting the case.



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