Ecstasy Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Bum Gu Kim, age 33, of Odenton, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute ecstasy and conspiracy to launder money, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to Kim’s guilty plea, from September 2006 until August 2007, Kim was involved in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly called ecstasy. During the conspiracy, law enforcement overheard Kim discussing and arranging transactions involving the wholesale distribution and shipment of ecstasy. Kim and his co-conspirators obtained cocaine from a source in Arizona, then transported the cocaine from Maryland through Buffalo, New York into Canada. While in Canada, the cocaine was exchanged for ecstasy, which was brought back to Maryland. Kim and his co-conspirators then distributed the ecstasy to wholesale customers in Maryland and other states.
On June 19, 2007, law enforcement followed Kim and a co-conspirator in Kim’s car, after intercepting conversations which indicated a drug transaction was going to occur. Law enforcement saw Kim get out of his car and enter another vehicle near the Arundel Mills Mall. After a short time, Kim returned to his car and left. Law enforcement attempted to stop the suspected customer in the second vehicle, who fled, discarding items out of the window of the vehicle. The items were recovered and found to be approximately 4800 units of ecstasy.
As part of the conspiracy, Kim made cash deposits at financial institutions on behalf of a co-conspirator, which were the proceeds from the sale of ecstasy. The deposits were used to pay off cash advances made on the co-conspirator’s personal credit cards at casinos in Buffalo, New York and Ontario, Canada. Those advances were used to purchase ecstasy.
Over the course of the conspiracy, Kim and his co-conspirators are responsible for the distribution of more than 200 kilograms of ecstasy.
“IRS-Criminal Investigation is united with the rest of the law enforcement community in our resolve to financially disrupt criminal organizations that commit crimes against our society,” stated C. André Martin, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge. “Money laundering is not a victimless crime. The underground, untaxed economy harms the entire nation’s economic strength.”
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case and commended Assistant United States Attorney James T. Wallner, who prosecuted the case.