Drug Trafficker Exiled to More than 9 Years in Federal Prison

May 8, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Gerard Kamoke Day, age 41, of Baltimore, today to 115 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, Day conspired with James Henderson and others to distribute heroin from February to June 2007. Agents overheard Day on his cell phone arrange wholesale distributions of heroin to customers who would in turn distribute the drugs to others. Day provided at least 100 grams of heroin to an associate.

Tony Maurice Caldwell, age 48, and James Joseph Henderson, age 39, both of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and were sentenced 70 months and five years in prison, respectively. Another co-defendant, Kevin Anthony Hickman, age 48, of Baltimore, was convicted by a federal jury last week of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and faces life in prison at his sentencing on July 18, 2008.

“We are working together with our local, state and federal partners to address the violence that is often associated with guns and drugs, and I am encouraged by the many new initiatives that show promise and reflect reductions in violence in our communities, but there is more work to be done” said State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. “The reality is drugs are an important part of the violence equation. Our strategies include efforts to dismantle major organizations, such as this one.”

Prosecutors Albert Peisinger, MiaBeth Marosy and Christine Siemek of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, detectives in the Baltimore City Police Department and Special Agents in the Drug Enforcement Administration initiated and supervised the 6-month state wire-tap investigation known as “Operation Fowl Play” related to this case. An additional 11 defendants have been indicted in Baltimore City Circuit Court and charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. A June 16, 2008 trial date is scheduled

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Baltimore City Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney James T. Wallner and Gregory Welsh, who prosecuted the case.



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