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Maryland Rap Star Known as “Big Flock” Sentenced to Federal Prison On Gun and Drug Charges After Publishing “Letter to the World”

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
“The Streets Don’t Love Anybody,” Defendant Realizes Too Late in Apology Letter; U.S. Attorney Recommends “Letter Should be Required Reading”

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Charles Ulysses Bowman-Bey, a/k/a “Big Flock,” age 24, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today to 45 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of firearms and possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam.


The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.


“Charles Bowman-Bey realized too late that ‘the streets don’t love anybody,’ as he wrote in his letter to the world, apologizing for his life of crime and his music videos glorifying drug dealing and gang violence,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “His letter should be required reading for young drug dealers.”


According to his plea agreement, on October 19, 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Bowman-Bey’s residence and recovered: a loaded 5.7x28mm semiautomatic handgun, equipped with a laser sight; a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun; a .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun; rounds of ammunition of various calibers; a loaded drum-style extended magazine; a .40 caliber extended magazine; $5,561 in cash; 94 tablets of Alprazolam, as well as some ground-up Alprazolam; and a digital scale.


Bowman-Bey admitted that he possessed the Alprazolam to distribute to others and that the $5,561 in cash was the proceeds of his drug dealing. Bowman-Bey also admitted possessing the firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking, as well as for protection. Bowman-Bey had a previous felony conviction and was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.


United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Michael T. Packard and Thomas J. Sullivan, who prosecuted the case.

Updated March 30, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses