Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Hosie Hopkins, age 49, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Judge Quarles also entered an order that Hopkins forfeit a semi-automatic handgun and ammunition which Hopkins was prohibited from possessing as a result of two previous drug convictions.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
According to his plea agreement, on April 22, 2014, Baltimore Police detectives saw Hopkins leave a dwelling in Baltimore City, go to another location in Baltimore City, remove a plastic bag from under his shirt/dip area, and place the bag under a wooden deck at a vacant house. Thereafter, officers found the plastic bag under the deck, which contained five gelatin capsules of heroin.
Police arrested Hopkins and executed a search warrant at the house Hopkins had left earlier that day. Police seized packaging material for narcotics including ziplock bags and vials; ziplock bags containing heroin cutting substances; and several gel capsules of heroin.
Additionally, the government stated at sentencing that a firearm was seized by police during the execution of the search warrant. That firearm was the subject of the Court’s forfeiture order.
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 Attorney Michael C. Hanlon, who prosecuted the case.