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Baltimore Felon Exiled to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun And Heroin Distribution

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

Baltimore, Maryland – Late yesterday, U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Adrian Donte McFadden, age 23, of Baltimore, Maryland, to eight years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute heroin and for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.


According to his guilty plea, on August 12, 2015, McFadden was selling heroin in the courtyard of a public housing area owned by Baltimore City. The area was marked as a “no trespassing” area, and there was a playground near the courtyard. McFadden had a plastic bag with 106 gel capsules of heroin hidden in a hollowed fencepost near the playground at the intersection between May Court and North Spring Court. McFadden kept a .38 caliber, loaded with 5 hollow point .38 caliber bullets, approximately 60 feet away from the heroin stash. He hid the gun on the ground at the base of a tree near the playground. On at least two occasions, McFadden left the courtyard to walk to the tree where he hid the revolver, bending down to check that the revolver was still there. Baltimore Police officers saw McFadden sell two gelcaps of heroin to an individual in exchange for cash. After recovering the gelcaps from the individual, the officers arrested McFadden.


Baltimore City Police arrested McFadden and recovered 3 Oxycontin pills from McFadden’s pants pocket. Police also recovered 106 gelcaps of heroin, weighing 15.38 grams, from the fencepost. After being advised of his rights, McFadden directed officers to the tree where he had hidden the .38 caliber revolver, which police recovered.


As a result of McFadden’s previous felony convictions, it was illegal for him to possess a firearm 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 U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Maddox, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 6, 2017

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