Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Jerry Lamont Bush, age 35, of Fort Washington, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
Bush admitted that from August 2008 through January 2009, he sold approximately 180 grams of heroin to individuals in Maryland. He was detained by law enforcement on January 30, 2009, after he was seen selling heroin. On four occasions between July 30 and September 11, 2009, Bush sold a total of 14 grams of heroin to a law enforcement confidential source.
On September 19, 2009, law enforcement patrolling in the vicinity of a nightclub in Temple Hills, Maryland, observed the butt-end of a gun protruding from underneath the driver’s seat of a vehicle that Bush had been seen operating. Members of law enforcement saw Bush approach the vehicle and use a remote key to unlock the car. Bush got into the front passenger seat and another individual got into the driver’s seat. Law enforcement detained Bush and the other individual and searched the car. A loaded .357 caliber revolver was recovered from under the driver’s seat and a .9mm pistol was found in the glove compartment. On October 14, 2009, Bush was arrested by law enforcement as he left his apartment. During a search of Bush following his arrest law enforcement recovered two baggies containing 5.6 grams of heroin from his mouth. A search of Bush’s apartment recovered approximately 55.6 grams of heroin, among other items.
Bush had two previous felony drug convictions and was prohibited from possessing a gun.
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 Arun Rao, Mara Zusman Greenberg and Deborah A. Johnston, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.