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Baltimore Area Drug Dealers Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Kilograms Of Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has sentenced three co-defendants in a Baltimore area drug conspiracy.  Guy Bordes Agnant, Jr., age 38, of Laurel, Maryland was sentenced today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine. On May 27, 2015, Judge Bennett sentenced Antoine DeMarr Washington, age 42, of Washington, D.C. and Donte Eugene Taylor, age 39, of Baltimore, to 12 years in prison and five years in prison, respectively, each followed by five years of supervised release. Washington and Taylor had previously pleaded guilty to attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; and Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department.

According to court documents and their plea agreements, on August 11, 2014, the defendants were contacted by a cooperating individual (CI) concerning their desire to obtain drugs.  As a result of the call from the CI, Agnant indicated to the CI that he wanted to purchase five kilograms of cocaine and Taylor indicated a desire to purchase cocaine and heroin. Agnant and Taylor went to meet the CI and were arrested.  Washington traveled with co-defendant Vincent Cooper to meet the CI in order to purchase five kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin.  Law enforcement saw Washington and Cooper arrive at the arranged meeting place and they were arrested.  Between Washington and Cooper they had with them more than $223,000 to purchase the drugs.

Vincent Cooper, age 47, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 11 years in prison, for his participation in the drug conspiracy and co-defendant Tavon Alexander Louis Hopkins, age 38, of Baltimore also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

On March 20, 2015, a federal jury today convicted co-defendants Jermaine Cannady, a/k/a “Main,” age 39; Cornell Dion Brown, a/k/a “Nelly,” age 29; Dominic William Parker, a/k/a “Nick,” age 30, all of Baltimore; and Ronald Timothy Sampson, a/k/a “Little Ronald,” age 35, of Windsor Mills, Maryland for conspiracy to distribute kilograms of cocaine and/or heroin, and for attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and/or heroin. Each faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and/or heroin, and for attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine and/or heroin. Judge Bennett has scheduled sentencing for Sampson, Parker, Cannady and Brown on June 24, June 26, June 29, and June 30, 2015, respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, DEA and Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Romano and Seema Mittal, who are prosecuting the case.

Updated May 28, 2015

Drug Trafficking