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Nine-time Baltimore Felon Exiled to Almost 10 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Joseph Gasque, age 39, of Baltimore, today to 119 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for of conspiring to distribute crack. Judge Legg enhanced Gasque’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on five previous convictions for drug trafficking and assault.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Chait 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.

According to Gasque’s plea agreement, on December 3, 2007 a Baltimore City Police detective saw an individual distributing drugs on the streets in the 5200 block of St. Charles Avenue and the 3900 block of West Belvedere Avenue in Baltimore. On multiple occasions, the detective saw the individual cross St. Charles Avenue and hand drug proceeds to Gasque. A short time later, Gasque left the area in a vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle and as they arrested him, a bag containing 20 red-top vials of crack fell from Gasque’s pants leg.

Later in December 2007, police observed Gasque distribute approximately 14 red-top vials of crack in the same area of Baltimore to another individual, who began distributing the drugs to customers on the street.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Block, who prosecuted the case.


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