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District of Maryland

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Baltimore Heroin Trafficker Exiled To 12 Years In Prison

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jeffrey Cofield, age 26, of Baltimore, today to 12 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin. Judge Blake further entered an order that Cofield forfeit $58,531 seized on December 11, 2012 during the execution of search warrants.

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; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

According to his plea agreement, from July to December 2012, Cofield engaged in the distribution of heroin in Baltimore City; and instructed coconspirators on how to store and prepare heroin, as well as the storage, collection and transfer of money received from the heroin distribution. The distribution of at least one kilogram or more of heroin was reasonably foreseeable to Cofield.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney=s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Michael C. Hanlon and Special Assistant United States Attorney H. Brandis Marsh, Jr., a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Updated January 26, 2015