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Final Two Defendants Plead Guilty in Gilmor Homes Drug Distribution Conspiracy


All 22 Defendants Have Been Convicted, Including the Leader of the Drug Organization

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October 21, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - Dione Fauntleroy Jr., a/k/a “Sticks,” and “Dummy,” age 27, of Woodlawn, Maryland, and Dione Fauntleroy Sr., a/k/a “Big Man,” age 48, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Gilmor Homes public housing complex in Baltimore. The defendants are the last of 22 defendants charged in a drug distribution conspiracy to plead guilty.

The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to their plea agreements, from January 2009 to June 2010, the defendants conspired with others to distribute cocaine and cocaine base throughout Baltimore, including the Gilmor Homes Housing Projects, a public housing project owned by the City of Baltimore. The defendants sold crack and cocaine, and collected money from drug customers. Fauntleroy Jr. was the leader of the drug organization. Both defendants are responsible for the distribution of between 280 and 840 grams of crack cocaine, and between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine.

As part of their plea agreements, the defendants and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreements, Fauntleroy, Jr. will be sentenced to 13 years in prison and Fauntleroy, Sr. will be sentenced to 160 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg scheduled sentencing for Fauntleroy, Jr. and Fauntleroy, Sr. on January 13 and 19, 2012 respectively.

Four of the 22 defendants have been sentenced to between three and 13 years in prison for their participation in the conspiracy.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the DEA, Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys LaRae Everett and Tony Gioia for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who are prosecuting the case.

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