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Glen Burnie Felon Sentenced to 12 Years In Prison for Drug Trafficking

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

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Tercel Baker, age 33, of Glen Burnie, Maryland today to 12 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. 

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 Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to his plea agreement, on January 8, 2015, and as part of an investigation of drug and gun violations, members of the Maryland State Police and HSI saw Baker leave his apartment and drive away in a Gold Lexus SUV.  After Baker committed several traffic violations, they stopped his vehicle.  A K9 was ordered to scan the car and alerted for the presence of contraband.  A subsequent search of the vehicle, Baker and his apartment resulted in the seizure of a total of 58.4 grams of crack cocaine, 42.84 grams of marijuana, 26 oxycodone pills, a .40 caliber firearm and $12,000 in cash.  Baker admitted to law enforcement that he was a middle man, and that he cooked the cocaine into crack at his house.

Baker has two prior felony drug convictions and was on federal supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm at the time of this offense.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore and the Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Patricia C. McLane and A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted the case.

Updated March 15, 2016

Topic
Drug Trafficking