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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2011

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: AUSA Vickie E. LeDuc or Marcia Murphy
410) 209-4885

Baltimore Felon Exiled to 10 Years in Prison after Pleading Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Gun

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced James Goodwin, age 32, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after Goodwin pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun.

The guilty plea and sentence were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to Goodwin’s plea agreement, on February 5, 2011, Baltimore Police officers saw Goodwin sitting in his parked car near the end of the 2500 block of Claflin Court in Baltimore. Another man was leaning into the car through the passenger side window. That man dropped what appeared to be a pill on the ground next to the car. When officers approached, they recovered the pill, which was yellow and shaped like the state of New York, which they suspected to be ecstasy. The officers also saw a $10 bill in Goodwin’s hand. The officers then asked Goodwin to get out of the car and once he was outside, officers noticed the handle of a gun in the pocket of the driver’s side door. The gun, a loaded .32 caliber revolver was recovered from the car. During a patdown of Goodwin, officers also recovered: $473, a clear bag with green pills with stars stamped on them; and three plastic bags tied in a knot containing marijuana.

Officers called the K-9 unit to the scene and the dog alerted to the vehicle, particularly the center console and the pocket of the driver’s side door. The officers recovered an additional 31 green pills with stars, as well as 35 yellow pills shaped like the state of New York. Subsequent laboratory analysis showed that the pills contained N-benzylpiperazine, known as BZP, a controlled dangerous substance.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Antonio J. Reynolds, who prosecuted the case.