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West Baltimore Drug Dealer Exiled to More than 17 Years in Federal Prison


Organization Distributed 30 Kilograms or More of a Brand of Heroin named “Smackdown”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Lionel Matthews, age 24, of Baltimore, today to 210 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 30 kilograms or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, from 2005 until June 2007, Matthews and his co-conspirators distributed a brand of heroin named “Smackdown” around a five to eight block area of Baltimore bounded by Baltimore Street to the north, Pratt Street to the south, Gilmore Street to the west, and Arlington Street to the east and set up shops on any given day within that area, including locations in the vicinity of the Hollins Market.

During the conspiracy, Matthews was a street lieutenant, responsible for operation of daily street distribution of heroin. The preparation of the heroin was sometimes conducted at 5501 Todd Avenue in Baltimore City. On June 22, 2007, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at that location and recovered over three kilograms of heroin, packaging material and cutting agent. During the course of the conspiracy, Matthews and other members of the conspiracy conspired to distribute 30 kilograms or more of heroin.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorneys Christine Siemek and Christopher Mason, the Baltimore City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Wallner, who is prosecuting the case.

 

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