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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Prince George’s County Rapper Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun and Drug Offenses

Greenbelt, Maryland – Charles Ulysses Bowman-Bey, a/k/a Big Flock, age 24, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam, a controlled substance.   

The guilty plea 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 Henry P. Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on October 19, 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Bowman-Bey’s residence.   During the search of Bowman-Bey’s bedroom, law enforcement officers found, among other things, firearms, ammunition, narcotics, and narcotics paraphernalia belonging to Bowman-Bey, including: 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, which were drug proceeds; approximately 94 tablets of Alprazolam, as well as a quantity of ground-up Alprazolam, which constitutes 95 total units of Alprazolam; and a digital scale, used to weigh narcotics.

Bowman-Bey possessed the firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking, to protect, among other things, his drugs and his drug-trafficking proceeds.  As a result of a previous felony conviction, federal law prohibited Bowman-Bey from possessing the guns and ammunition.

Bowman-Bey faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and a maximum of five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has scheduled sentencing for March 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

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 Attorney Michael T. Packard and Thomas J. Sullivan, who are prosecuting the case.

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Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated December 15, 2016