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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Leader Of Baltimore Area Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison

Obtained Kilograms of Cocaine from Arizona and Texas

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Shawn Malone, age 32, of Baltimore, today to 14 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of 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; and Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department.

According to Malone’s plea agreement, beginning in at least 2010 and continuing until June of 2013, Malone, conspired with Travis Gaines, Antoine Bolden, Karl McDonald and others, (collectively the Malone Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO)) to obtain cocaine from sources of supply in Arizona and Texas and distribute the cocaine in the Baltimore area. Malone would have couriers flown or driven to the border to take possession of the cocaine and the couriers would either drive or take commercial buses back to Baltimore with the cocaine. Once in Baltimore, the cocaine would be distributed to wholesale customers, some of whom would convert the cocaine to crack cocaine for street level distribution. After the cocaine was sold, Malone used some of the same couriers to transport the money to pay for the drugs back to the sources of supply.

During the Spring of 2013, the DEA intercepted telephone calls and text messages of members of the Malone DTO. During the investigation, law enforcement was able to interdict, in Frederick, Maryland, approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine from a courier as she traveled from Arizona to Baltimore by commercial bus. On June 6, 2013, law enforcement executed search warrants at locations in the Baltimore metropolitan area and recovered approximately 250 grams of cocaine, as well as packaged crack cocaine, from the main stash house of the organization.

Malone and other members of this DTO used the proceeds from the cocaine trafficking activities to purchase houses in the Baltimore area. Malone used additional drug proceeds to rehabilitate these houses, and either rent and/or sell the houses in an effort to launder the drug proceeds.

As a result of his participation in the drug conspiracy Malone was responsible for the distribution of between 50 and 150 kilograms of cocaine.

Co-conspirators, Travis Gaines, age 34, Karl McDonald, age 30, and Antoine Bolden, age 37, all of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and were sentenced to 130 months, 151 months and 84 months in prison, respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA and Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Wallner, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Updated January 26, 2015