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Randallstown Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Distribution of Methamphetamine

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MARCH 26, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Steven D’Andre Durham, age 45, of Randallstown, Maryland today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, after Durham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, in June of 2003 Durham and Scott Benedict were roommates in an apartment in Los Angeles, California, where Durham distributed methamphetamine to customers in that area including Benedict. Durham was subsequently arrested in San Diego, California with an amount of methamphetamine. Durham moved back to Maryland and contacted Benedict in California, who agreed to ship methamphetamine to Durham in Maryland. Durham established a FedEx account in his name which was used to transfer money for payment to Benedict and transport the methamphetamine from Benedict in California to Maryland. In August, 2004, Durham requested two ounces of methamphetamine from Benedict. After Benedict received the money, he shipped the methamphetamine to Durham in Maryland. The DEA HIDTA Parcel Interdiction Group intercepted the package, which contained 56 grams of methamphetamine. A controlled delivery was made to Durham and he was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Durham was speaking on the telephone to Benedict complaining about the weight of the drugs since the police had removed half of the drugs from the package. Durham was incarcerated for a period of time. Subsequently, Durham then began buying methamphetamine from Timothy Hartlove, to whom he had previously sold methamphetamine. Durham had been introduced to Hartlove as a source of supply by Benedict. Durham continued to purchase methamphetamine until June, 2005.

Scott Benedict, age 45, of Los Angeles, California, and Timothy Hartlove, age 37, of Baltimore, were both convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and were sentenced to 10 years in prison and 78 months in prison, respectively

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative work in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case, and commended Assistant United States Attorney A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted the case.

 

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