Larry Johnson of Baltimore, sentenced to 30 years in federal prison

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Larry Johnson,
age 30, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 30 years in prison, followed
by three years of supervised release after being convicted of
possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine; use of a
firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; and unlawful
possession of a firearm by a convicted person, announced United
States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
Judge Bennett enhanced Johnson’s sentence upon finding that he is
an armed career criminal, based on three previous convictions for
possession with intent to distribute heroin.

According to the evidence presented at trial, on September 16,
2006, Johnson parked his girlfriend’s car in the 1800 block of
Pennsylvania Avenue. He retrieved drugs from a black bag in the
car and engaged in three "hand to hand" drug transactions with
people on the street. The transactions were recorded by a pole
camera being monitored by a detective, who ordered Johnson
arrested.

When another officer came to arrest Johnson in a carry-out store,
Johnson threw a gel capsule full of heroin behind the counter and
the store employee threw it back. Johnson was arrested and a
search of the car recovered a black bag containing 56 gel capsules
of heroin, a baggie containing 4.86 grams of cocaine, 38 vials of
cocaine, numerous empty vials, a scale, and a loaded Rossi
Revolver. The black bag was on top of a mirror and razor blade with
cocaine residue.

Gregory K. Gant, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stated, “We hope that this
sentencing sends a message to potential offenders that we will
continue to target the ‘worst of the worst’ in Baltimore; and we will
work to send more armed career criminals like Mr. Johnson to jail-for
a very long time.”

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City
State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the 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 Attorneys
Tonya Kelly Kowitz and Jonathan Biran, who prosecuted the case.


Source: United States Department Of Justice

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