Schawn Helm sentence to more than 21 years in federal prisonPosted on December 19, 2007
U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Schawn Helm, age 33, of Elkton, Maryland, today to 21 years 10 months in prison,
followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to
distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of
crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of
Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his plea agreement, from September 2006 up to and
including April 2007, Helm sold crack cocaine from locations in
Maryland, including a motel in Elkton, Maryland. Helm sold over 50
grams of crack cocaine on a weekly basis. On December 31, 2006,
officers responded to the motel after complaints from a victim that
Helm fired a gun next to her head. Once the police arrived at the
motel, they identified and detained Helm and asked if they could
search his room. Helm agreed as long as he could be present for
the search. Officers recovered a loaded Smith and Wesson, 40
caliber pistol in Helm’s room, along with plastic bags of crack
cocaine. Officers also located a drug scale and drug packaging
On January 2, 2007, officers conducted a search of Helm’s car and
located a second digital scale, two cell phones, and several plastic
bags used for drug trafficking. On April 4, 2007, officers stopped
Helm driving his vehicle. Helm was driving the vehicle with
suspended registration and had a suspended license. During an
inventory search of the vehicle, officers recovered an additional 9.4
grams of crack cocaine, a portable scale, and other zip lock bags.
Helm was subsequently indicted on federal charges and arrested on
May 23, 2007.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Elkton Police
Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who prosecuted the case.