Previously Convicted Drug Dealer Exiled to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Crack Cocaine

December 19, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Donte Williams, age 34, of Baltimore today to 14 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett enhanced Williams’ sentence upon finding that he was a career offender, based on two previous felony drug convictions.

According to his guilty plea, on August 13, 2004, Baltimore police were watching a gas station, in the 2400 block of Franklin Street, frequently used to conduct narcotics transactions, when they saw a car enter the gas station. The driver got out of the car and approached the driver’s side of a blue Mercury driven by an individual later identified as Donte Williams. Williams and the other driver talked briefly and then officers saw Williams hand the other driver a white object in exchange for money. The other driver drove away but was stopped a short distance from the gas station and was found to have a bag of crack cocaine. A short time later, the officers saw Williams return to the gas station in his car and approached Williams to arrest him. Williams got out of his car and tried to run away, but was caught a short time later and brought back to the car. Officers searched the car and found approximately 68 grams of crack cocaine hidden in the steering wheel. The crack cocaine was divided in 4 separate bags. The packaging method was identical to the crack cocaine recovered from the other driver.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney James T. Wallner, who prosecuted the case.



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