Twenty-Four Years In Federal Prison For Forestville Man Convicted For Cocaine Distribution And Illegal Possession Of Firearms
Demonstrates “Zero Tolerance for Armed Criminals”
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced David Dwayne Rudolph, age 33, of Capitol Heights, Maryland today to 24 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack and powder cocaine and marijuana; and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Chuang also ordered that Rudolph forfeit four firearms and $9,432 in cash seized during the investigation, as well as a 2005 GMC Yukon used by Rudolph to facilitate his drug trafficking.
“Despite four prior state felony convictions, David Dwayne Rudolph was caught with an arsenal of loaded weapons and other tools of the drug trade,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “If we want to continue reducing violent crime, we need to show zero tolerance for armed criminals.”
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan 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.
According to his plea agreement, on April 8, 2014, Prince George’s County Police officers executed a search warrant at a Forestville apartment used by Rudolph to store drugs. The search recovered a semi-automatic handgun, 160 grams of crack cocaine, 115 grams of marijuana, and three digital scales and a glass container with cocaine residue.
On June 26, 2014, Prince George’s County Police officers executed an arrest warrant for Rudolph when he was driving his vehicle, a 2005 GMC Yukon. Officers located $1,725 in cash, 39 bags containing a total of 17 grams of crack cocaine, and several cell phones in the car. The next day, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Rudolph’s residence in Forestville. During the search, officers recovered a bullet proof vest, approximately 690 grams of crack cocaine, 55 grams of powder cocaine, 1,205 grams of marijuana, and $7,707 in cash. In addition, law enforcement recovered a .45 caliber pistol loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, a 9mm pistol loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition, and a .32 caliber pistol loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition. Rudolph had previous felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah J. Bressack and Lindsay Eyler Kaplan, who prosecuted the case.