Thirteen Charged in Baltimore Heroin Conspiracy
Lengthy Affidavit for Searches of 11 Locations Reveals Sustained Coordinated Effort to Combat Violent Crime and Gangs;
Goal is to Put Anyone Who Considers Joining a Criminal Gang On Notice About the Risk of Federal Prosecution
Baltimore, Maryland - As part of the ongoing investigation conducted by DEA’s Special Investigation Group along with state and local authorities, more than 100 law enforcement officers from five agencies executed search warrants at 11 locations. The law enforcement action relates to a federal grand jury indictment of 12 individuals for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. This morning, officers arrested ten indicted defendants who were at large and one additional defendant who was charged in a criminal complaint. Two indicted defendants already were in custody. The indictment was returned on April 7, 2010 and unsealed following the arrests.
The charges were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Secretary Gary D. Maynard and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.
“Our goal is to put anyone who considers joining a criminal gang on notice about the risk of federal prosecution,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The 164 page search warrant affidavit unsealed along with the indictment reveals that this intensive investigation was part of a sustained coordinated effort to combat violent crime and gangs in Maryland. Each case leads to new investigations, as federal agencies work with state and local authorities to rid Maryland of dangerous gangs and make our streets safe for law-abiding citizens.”
“Thanks to the collaboration between DEA and our law enforcement partners, these thirteen individuals will now face a judge and jury.” stated Drug Enforcement Administration, Special Agent in Charge Ava A. Cooper-Davis. “DEA will not allow gangs to continue to peddle narcotics and bring violence to the streets of our cities. This success of this case was the product of an extensive investigation by the DEA Baltimore District Office and the Baltimore Police Department” added Cooper-Davis.
According to the indictment, from September 2009 through the date of the indictment the defendants and other conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin.
The following defendants have been charged:
Todd Duncan, a/k/a Donnie, age 36, of Baltimore;
Kimberly McIntosh, a/k/a Kim McCintosh, Sister Kim, Sis, and Kimberly Jones,
age 41, of Baltimore;
Duconze Chambers, a/k/a Ducon and Dookie, age 36, of Baltimore;
Lamont Crooks, age 40, of Baltimore;
Jermain Davis, a/k/a Dirty Rice, age 37, of Baltimore;
Jon Brice, a/k/a Tiger, age 48, of Baltimore;
Davon McFadden, a/k/a Ben, age 24, of Baltimore;
Ronald Scott, a/k/a Piper, age 24, of Baltimore;
Earl Moore, a/k/a Harold Moore, age 29, of Baltimore;
James Harried, a/k/a Smiley, age 47, of Essex, Maryland;
Erik Ushry, a/k/a E, age 26, of Baltimore; and
Sherice Foster, age 26, of Baltimore.
In addition to the defendants charged in the indictment, James Bullock, age 37, of Baltimore was also arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Duncan and Moore were already detained on unrelated charges.
The defendants each face a maximum sentence of life in prison. The defendants arrested today are scheduled to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore beginning at 3:00 p.m. today.
Mr. Rosenstein expressed appreciation to Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department and U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes and their officers and agents, for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution.
An indictment and criminal complaint are not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment or criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorneys Antonio Gioia, Miabeth Marosy and Rebecca Cox, for their work in the investigation and prosecution and Assistant United States Attorneys James T. Wallner and Clinton J. Fuchs, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.