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District of Maryland

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baltimore Heroin Dealer Marlow Bates, Jr. Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison

Bates Jr. Previously Served 46 Months for 2009 BGF Prison Conspiracy

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Marlow Bates, Jr., age 33, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Bates was one of fourteen defendants indicted for conspiracy on September 24, 2013.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

“Marlow Bates, Jr., did not get the message after he was convicted in 2009,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Now he will spend the next decade in federal prison.”                                                                                                     

According to Bates’ plea agreement, Bates was intercepted over court-authorized wiretaps and other recordings arranging heroin transactions. In one of the recordings, Bates provided the co-conspirator with $7,000 for payment for heroin; in another, Bates stated that he distributed 50 grams of heroin a day. Bates was responsible for distributing between one and three kilograms of heroin.  Bates participated in the conspiracy while he was being supervised by a probation officer following his release from prison for a previous federal drug conviction.

In 2009, Bates was one of 24 defendants, including four correctional employees, indicted on federal charges for participating in the Black Guerilla Family gang. He pleaded guilty, admitting that he had conspired to distribute heroin and smuggle controlled substances into Maryland prisons, and was sentenced to serve 46 months in federal prison. Bates was released from federal custody on September 20, 2012.  On August 10, 2013, Bates was caught once again dealing heroin.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Romano and Seema Mittal, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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Updated February 23, 2015