Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to More than 12 Years in Prison

On May 21, 2014, 30-year-old Karl McDonald appeared in court before U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

McDonald entered a plea agreement admitting that he conspired with others to obtain powder cocaine from Arizona and Texas suppliers before converting it to crack cocaine for distribution in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. McDonald then sold the crack cocaine from his Baltimore distribution shop.

McDonald reportedly operated this shop from 2010 through June of 2013, when DEA agents intercepted phone calls between McDonald and other members of his drug trafficking organization. Search warrants were subsequently executed at various locations across the Baltimore metropolitan area, and the organization’s main stash house was found to contain about 250 grams of powder cocaine in addition to packages of crack cocaine.

McDonald confessed to personally distributing anywhere from 28 to 112 grams of crack cocaine. Judge Quarles Jr. sentenced him to 151 months in prison with three years of supervised release. This sentence was harsher than it may have otherwise been due to the fact that McDonald also had two previous drug convictions on his criminal record.

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