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Baltimore Drug Dealer Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Federal Prison – Rented an Apartment Within 1,000 Feet of an Elementary School to Store and Distribute Drugs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
Search of the Apartment and of his Residence Recovered Drugs, Guns, and Cash

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III today sentenced Tyrell Daronte Curry, a/k/a “Mike,” age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 51 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.  

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge John Eisert of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; and Chief Melissa R. Hyatt of the Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD).

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur stated, “We absolutely will not tolerate drugs dealing near our schools.  We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to remove gun-toting drug dealers from our communities, in order to reduce violent crime.”

According to his guilty plea, from December 2018 to February 2019, Curry distributed fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine.  On January 3 and again on February 6, 2019, Curry sold an undercover Baltimore County Police officer a “pack” of heroin—each containing 25 gel capsules—for $200 per pack. 

On February 22, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at an apartment in Parkville, Maryland, which was rented by Curry, and was within 1,000 feet of a Baltimore County elementary school.  Curry and his co-defendant, Deandre Laquan Jones, used the apartment to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine.  From the apartment, law enforcement recovered two baggies containing a total of approximately 345 grams of fentanyl, cutting agents, digital scales, two kilogram presses, and bags of packaging materials.  In addition, officers found mail and other documents in the names of Curry and Jones, and two empty .40-caliber extended magazines, from which the BCPD Forensic Services Section recovered a latent print of Jones’ left thumb.  In the living room, officers located a coffee table that had been custom-manufactured to contain a hidden compartment secured by a wireless lock.  Investigators later learned that the table had been purchased by, and shipped to, Deandre Jones at the Parkville apartment.  When the hidden compartment in the table was opened, law enforcement recovered plastic bags containing 16 grams of fentanyl, 175 grams of heroin, 185 grams of crack cocaine, and 173 grams of powder cocaine, as well as a .410-caliber handgun and 19 rounds of .410-caliber ammunition.

That same day, BCPD officers executed a search warrant at Curry’s residence and recovered a total of $17,820 in cash, sandwich bags holding a total of 46 capsules of heroin, three cell phones, and a box containing .357-caliber ammunition, which was found in the mattress.  Curry admitted that the cash was furnished or intended to be furnished in exchange for controlled substance, or was proceeds from the sale of controlled substances.

A subsequent forensic examination of the cell phones recovered messages between Jones and Curry relating to drug trafficking, including discussions about the Parkville apartment, potential customers, sources of supply, possible police surveillance, and ammunition.

Deandre Laquan Jones, a/k/a “Cuz,” age 27, of Towson, Maryland previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute drugs near a school, and to being a felon in possession of firearms.  U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III has scheduled sentencing for Jones on April 30, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. 

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended HSI Baltimore and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey J. Izant and Christopher J. Romano, who are prosecuting the case.

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Marcia Murphy
(410) 209-4854

Updated March 5, 2020

Drug Trafficking