Drug Dealer Sentenced To Over 10 Years In Prison
Transported Heroin and Cocaine from Chicago to Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Garry DeJesus Rojas, age 43, of New York, New York, today to 121 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.
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; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; Porter County, Indiana Sheriff David Reynolds; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
According to Rojas’ plea agreement, since at least 2012, Rojas was responsible for transporting kilograms of heroin and cocaine from suppliers in Chicago to his Baltimore-based customer, and transporting the proceeds from prior drug sales from Baltimore to Chicago. To complete the exchanges, Rojas would swap vehicles with his Baltimore-based customer, take that vehicle to Chicago to obtain narcotics and deliver proceeds from prior narcotics sales, then swap vehicles again when he returned.
On December 15, 2012, investigators tracked Rojas, driving a vehicle with Maryland license plates, to a hotel in Chicago. Rojas gave the keys to the vehicle to two other individuals who loaded the vehicle on a car carrier. Law enforcement subsequently executed a traffic stop on the car carrier. Following a K-9 alert to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle Rojas had been driving, law enforcement searched the vehicle and recovered $50,000 in cash from a hidden compartment in the roof, which were the proceeds of narcotics transactions.
On January 22, 2013, law enforcement again tracked Rojas to Chicago. Investigators saw Rojas load a suitcase into the trunk of a car with New York license plates, then drive to several locations in Chicago. As Rojas drove out of Chicago, law enforcement executed a traffic stop. After a K-9 alerted for the presence of narcotics, law enforcement searched the vehicle and recovered bags containing approximately 4 kilograms of cocaine and 2.8 kilograms of heroin.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, Baltimore Police Department, Porter County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and New Jersey State Police, for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth S. Clark and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Flagg, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned as part of the Baltimore initiative to combat violent crime, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.