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Press Release

Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

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

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Eric Johnson, age 38, of Baltimore, today to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby; and Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

According to his plea agreement, between January and June 2014, Johnson conspired with co-defendants Ronald Ross, Keith Gilliam, Sara Jones, Nicholas Jones and others to distribute heroin in Baltimore City. The defendants obtained bulk quantities of heroin and packaged the heroin for retail distribution.  The prepackaged heroin was provided daily to Johnson and his co- defendants who sold the drugs to customers at an open-air drug shop in the vicinity of Baltimore and Bentalou Streets.

Johnson and his co-conspirators distributed between 100 and 400 grams of heroin.

Ronald Ross, age 27, and Keith Gilliam, age 21, both of Baltimore, were previously sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years in prison, respectively.  Nicholas Jones, age 23, of Baltimore, has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 31, 2015.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Hoff, a cross-designated Baltimore Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

Updated August 19, 2015

Drug Trafficking