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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Baltimore Heroin Dealer Exiled To Over 10 Years In Prison



Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., sentenced Davon Taylor, age 25, of Baltimore, today to 130 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; 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 his plea agreement, from July through November 2012, Taylor conspired with Shawn Jackson and others to obtain and distribute heroin in and around the Park Heights and Belvedere neighborhoods of Baltimore. During the conspiracy Taylor and others operated a street level drug distribution shop in those areas, dispensing street level and wholesale quantities of heroin to customers, some of who traveled from Pennsylvania to acquire the heroin. In September 2012, the DEA obtained a court-ordered wiretap on Shawn Jackson’s cell phones. Based on these intercepted conversations, law enforcement determined that Taylor was working as a “street hitter” for the organization. On several occasions, DEA intercepted conversations between Jackson and customers in Pennsylvania, who were traveling to obtain heroin. Jackson would direct Taylor, or another “hitter” to serve the Pennsylvania customer the requested quantity of heroin

As a result of his participation in the drug conspiracy, Taylor was responsible for the distribution of between one and three kilograms of heroin.

Shawn Jackson, age 25, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA and Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys James T. Wallner and Scott A. Lemmon, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated January 26, 2015