Gang member Michael Bunch sentenced to 5 years in prison for drugs/guns

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Michael Bunch, age 20, of Baltimore, today to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release after Bunch pleaded guilty to use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

“We will continue to work with our partners to put armed criminals in
prison, where they belong,” said U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
Gregory Gant, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Baltimore Division, stated “ATF
and our partners continue to show the citizens of Baltimore that
gang violence has no place in our communities, and will not be
tolerated.

“This conviction and sentence is an example of the seamless
prosecution of a high-ranking and violent gang member in the Oliver
neighborhood of East Baltimore,” said State’s Attorney Patricia C.
Jessamy. “A former 2-Star General in the now defunct ‘L - Bloods
sect’, has been exiled because of the intensive and coordinated
efforts of local and federal prosecutors.”

According to his guilty plea, on January 16, 2007, law enforcement
officers executed a search warrant at Bunch’s residence in the 2300
block of East Oliver Street in Baltimore. Michael Bunch and other
family members were in the home at the time of the search. Michael
Bunch, a member of a street gang affiliated with the Bloods,
indicated that he stayed in the basement. A search of the basement
recovered 54 capsules of heroin packaged for street level
distribution and a Smith and Wesson (“S&W”) .357 revolver, hidden
in the ceiling. The possession of that firearm was in furtherance of a
drug trafficking crime, specifically, possession with the intent to
distribute heroin.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore City
State’s Attorney’s Office and Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin
Wilson, Baltimore City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the
investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant
United States Attorney James T. Wallner, who prosecuted the case.

Source: USDOJ

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