Frederick County Career Offender Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

April 1, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Trent Pantin, age 40, of Frederick, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Judge Motz enhanced Pantin’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender, based on two previous narcotics convictions.

The sentence was 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; Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins; and Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith.

According to Pantin’s guilty plea, on July 27, 2009, members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force searched Pantin’s apartment on James Street in Frederick and a car being leased by Pantin. Upon arriving at James Street, officers saw Pantin in his rental car which was parked in the parking lot of the apartment building. Officers recovered marijuana located on the ground where Pantin’s car was parked. From the apartment officers recovered drugs and drug paraphernalia, including: a plastic bag containing crack cocaine from a glass shelf in the living room; a plastic bag containing cocaine from the coffee table in the living room; a plastic bag cocaine which was inside a white sock on the floor next to the bed in the bedroom; and a digital scale from the kitchen. A total of 124.3 grams of cocaine and 0.3 grams of cocaine base were recovered from Pantin’s apartment.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, and the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Ayn Ducao and A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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