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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Baltimore Drug Dealer And 9 Time Convicted Felon Exiled To 15 Years In Prison For Illegal Possession Of Guns And Ammunition

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Derrick Woodlon, age 34, of Baltimore, today to 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Judge Hollander found that Woodlon was an armed career criminal based on nine previous drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

According to Woodlon’s plea agreement, Baltimore Police officers observed Woodlon operating a drug shop in the 1000 block of Boyd Street in Baltimore. On August 18, 2011, an undercover Baltimore Police officer purchased two gel caps of heroin using a pre-marked $20 bill.  Officers subsequently arrested Woodlon and recovered the marked bill.  On November 18, 2011, Baltimore Police officers observed Woodlon supplying the Boyd Street drug shop from a location on North Woodington Avenue, in Baltimore.  Officers executed a search warrant at the North Woodington home later that day and recovered three loaded .357 caliber handguns, one of which had been reported stolen a year earlier.  Officers also recovered 26 grams of crack cocaine, 44 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia and approximately $26,000 in cash.

As a result of Woodlon’s previous convictions he was prohibited from possessing a gun or ammunition.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney's Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Kenneth S. Clark and James T. Wallner, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015