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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 28, 2016

Frederick Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Jonathan Robert Blackman, age 32, of Frederick, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, powder and crack cocaine, and marijuana; and possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana.  Judge Bennett also entered an order requiring Blackman to forfeit $63,571, and a 12 gauge shotgun with an obliterated serial number.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins.  

According to Blackman’s plea agreement, law enforcement began an investigation into a drug conspiracy involving the distribution of heroin and other drugs in Frederick County and the Baltimore Metropolitan area. The investigation revealed that Blackman was a member of the drug trafficking organization.  Evidence revealed numerous calls and texts in which Blackman coordinated drug sales in and around the Frederick area.  Law enforcement subsequently executed a search warrant at Blackman’s residence and recovered: $63,571 in cash; 300.5 grams of heroin; 16.4 grams of cocaine; and 976 grams of marijuana.  

Blackman admitted that the amount of heroin reasonably foreseeable to him in, and in furtherance of, this conspiracy amounts to between one and three kilograms of heroin. 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised HSI-Baltimore and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Jason D. Medinger, who is prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 28, 2016