Two Indicted in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

May 14, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - A grand jury indicted Sean Rondell Bundy, age 34, of the 600 block of Brisbane Road in Baltimore, and Tyron Sherrod Rich, age 26, of the 3900 block of Clarinth Road in Baltimore, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. The indictment was returned late yesterday.

According to information presented in court and the two count indictment, on April 16, 2008, Bundy and Rich traveled from Baltimore to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where they were introduced to a man whom they believed was a major importer of cocaine and heroin. In fact, he was an FBI undercover agent, and the entire meeting was video-taped. Bundy and Rich agreed to pay the man $65,000 for a kilogram of heroin. Bundy and the undercover agent had a series of calls and text messages setting up the first transaction at a travel center, just off I-95 in Elkton, near the Delaware line.

On May 7, 2008, the original undercover agent and another one pretending to be his uncle, met Bundy and Rich in the travel center restaurant and negotiated the sale of four additional kilograms of heroin for $65,000 each and 20 kilograms of cocaine for $15,100 each, with a $3,000 deposit per kilogram. Bundy and Rich gave the two undercover agents a shoebox full of money. When Bundy took possession of the kilogram of heroin in the parking lot outside, he and Rich were arrested by an FBI SWAT team. Including the approximately $61,000 in the shoebox, agents recovered over $81,000 from the two defendants.

Bundy and Rich face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $4 million for each count. Both defendants remain detained.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Baltimore City Police Department and Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Robert R. Harding, who is prosecuting the case.



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