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Member of 4x4 Drug Organization Exiled to 10 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Raymond Moore, a/k/a “Money,” age 20, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

“This investigation has significantly reduced the violence in the 4 X 4 area of Baltimore,” says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa Stoop, “ATF and the Baltimore Police Department have put several career offenders like Raymond Moore 'out of business,' where their next destination will be federal prison.”

According to Moore’s plea agreement, the indictment and other court documents, from at least June 2009 through August 2010, Moore was part of a drug distribution organization that operated in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood known as the “4x4." The “4x4” is a small, relatively closed neighborhood consisting of four streets running north-south and four streets running east-west. Ravenwood, Elmora, Lyndale and Elmley Avenues all run east and west and are one-way streets. Greenview, St. Cloud, Highview and Longview Avenues all run north and south and are two-way streets. The area is bordered on the east and west ends by Edison Highway and Belair Road, respectively.

According to his plea and other court documents, law enforcement overheard Moore and his co-conspirators discussing their drug activities. Moore admits that during the time of the conspiracy he distributed crack and powder cocaine, collected money from drug customers and distributors, and cooperating with and furthered the drug trafficking activities of other members of the drug conspiracy. Moore admits that he during the time of the conspiracy, he was responsible for the distribution of 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and 5 kilograms or more of powder cocaine.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked ATF’s Violent Crime Impact Team, the Baltimore City Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci L. Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney, who is prosecuting the case.

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