Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Antonio Timothy Bailey, age 34, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, today to 16 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine base, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chief Judge Chasanow enhanced Bailey’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal based on three previous narcotics and gun convictions.
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; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.
According to Bailey’s plea agreement, on November 8, 2011, Bailey was sitting in his car, parked outside a known open air drug market, when he was approached by officers with the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD). As officers approached his vehicle, Bailey jumped out and ran away, followed by police. During the chase, Bailey threw a plastic bag containing 29 blue glassine baggies, containing a total of 3.06 grams of crack cocaine. Bailey was arrested and charged in the District Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, among other charges.
After additional investigation, on February 3, 2012, PGPD officers searched Bailey’s apartment in Oxon Hill. Bailey was found in the apartment and officers recovered: a loaded 9 mm caliber, semi-automatic pistol; 20.65 grams of crack cocaine, packaged in small glassine baggies; approximately 11 grams of marijuana; and drug distribution paraphernalia, including two electronic scales, empty glassine baggies, a cooking cup, baking soda, and a razor blade.
During a subsequent interview with police, Bailey admitted to purchasing two ounces of powder cocaine every two weeks, cooking it into crack cocaine at his apartment, packaging it for sale, and selling it at various locations in Prince George’s County. Bailey stated that he kept the gun in his apartment for protection.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Prince George’s County Police Department and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Steven E. Swaney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Ophardt, assigned from the U.S. Department of Justice, and Paul Nitze, assigned from the Social Security Administration, who prosecuted the case.