Member of Baltimore Heroin Distribution Organization Exiled to More than 10 Years in Prison

March 29, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Adrian Aulton, age 37, of Baltimore, today to 130 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Legg enhanced Aulton’s sentence upon finding that he was a career offender based on three previous drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to Aulton’s plea agreement, from at least May 2008 through August 2008, Aulton was part of a a drug distribution organization operated by Johnnie Butler and Calvin Wright. Aulton managed a heroin shop in the area of North Avenue and Washington Street in Baltimore and received packages containing 100 black top jugs of heroin once or twice a week from co-conspirators. Each package of 100 jugs amounted to approximately 10 grams or more of heroin. Aulton distributed the heroin himself or directed and supervised the distribution of the jugs through his workers. Once he and his workers finished selling the heroin, Aulton notified his co-conspirators that he needed more product and waited to be re-supplied.

During the time of the conspiracy, Aulton was overheard by law enforcement discussing and arranging transactions involving the street level distribution of heroin with Calvin Wright and other co-conspirators. Law enforcement officers also saw Aulton making street sales of heroin. Aulton admitted that as part of the conspiracy he is responsible for the distribution of between 100 and 400 grams of heroin.

Johnnie Butler, a/k/a “Jr.,”age 34 of Nottingham, Maryland and Calvin Wright, a/k/a “Turkey,” age 37, of Baltimore, were convicted on January 29, 2010, after a three week trial, of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and other drugs, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of firearms by convicted felons. Wright was also convicted of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Legg has scheduled the sentencing for Wright and Butler on April 28 and April 29, 2010, respectively, both at 10:00 a.m. They remain detained.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy commended Assistant United States Attorney George J. Hazel and Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine M. Celeste, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case and Assistant State’s Attorneys Melissa Copeland, Jerry Jones and Michael Studdard, who assisted in the prosecution.



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