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Randallstown Man Pleads Guilty in Drug Conspiracy Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 31, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - Steven Custis, age 29, of Randallstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the plea agreement, in May 2000, Custis and another co-conspirator recruited Norman Edmond to drive a car, purchased the car from Charm City Motors. Custis was the resident agent for Charm City Motors at that time. Edmond was arrested in Chambers County, Texas, while driving on I-10. Hidden in a trap inside the vehicle was approximately 3.2 kilograms of cocaine. Upon being arrested, Edmond had his girlfriend contact Custis, who gave her cash to pay for an attorney to represent Edmond in Texas.

Custis and his co-conspirators also had a source of supply for cocaine and marijuana in California and traveled there to meet with the source of supply and acquire both cocaine and marijuana. The source of supply would then ship the drugs to Maryland and in turn Custis would wire money via Western Union to the source of supply in California. While the majority of the wire transfers were in fictitious names at least one wire transfer was Custis’ name.

From January 1997 until at least June of 2002, the conspirators distributed more than five, but less than 15 kilograms of cocaine and more than 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Custis faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for May 23, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who is prosecuting the case.

 

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