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Press Release

Frederick Man Exiled To 6 Years In Prison For Carrying A Gun During A Drug Trafficking Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Tavares Bowie, age 35, of Frederick, Maryland, today to six years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.  Bowie also pleaded guilty today.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith; and Frederick Police Chief Thomas J. Ledwell.

According to Bowie's plea agreement, on September 3, 2012, Frederick Police officers received a report of a man with a gun at a bar in the area of 325 Market Street.  Officers saw Bowie, who matched the description of the person described in the 911 call, walking on Market Street, carrying a small handgun in his left hand.  Officers recovered the gun, a .380 caliber handgun, and during a subsequent search of Bowie recovered a baggie containing 22 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine for street distribution from his pants pocket.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Frederick Police Department and Frederick County State’s Attorney=s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney John F. Purcell, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015