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12 years in prison for Baltimore drug dealer

Baltimore Corthouse
Baltimore Corthouse
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A resident of Baltimore, was sentenced today to more of twelve years in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the city coming from of border states, in complicity with other people who admitted being part of a net to introduce the drug in Baltimore City and surrounding areas.

According their plea agreements listened in the Baltimore Courthouse, Travis Gaines, (34) and Antoine Bolden (37) of Baltimore, conspired with theirs accomplices Shawn Malone, Karl McDonald and others to obtain cocaine from sources of supply in Arizona and Texas.

Once the cocaine arrived in Baltimore, it would be distributed to Gaines and other wholesale customers who would redistribute it to their customers. McDonald converted the powder cocaine to crack cocaine for street level distribution and operated a distribution shop in Baltimore where the crack cocaine was sold.

During the course of the investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) intercepted the telephone and electronic communications of several members of the conspiracy. In addition, as a result of several search warrants executed on June 6, 2013, the DEA recovered approximately 250 grams of cocaine, as well as packaged cocaine, from the main stash house of the organization.

Gaines and Bolden admitted that as part of the conspiracy they were responsible for the distribution of between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine.

The verdict of 151 month in prison was issued by the U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, who also imposed more of 7 years in prison for Bolden.