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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

www.justice.gov/usao/md

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2012

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie E. LeDuc
(410) 209-4885

BROOKLYN CRACK COCAINE DEALER SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Edward Robinson, age 24, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 14 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Ashan Benedict of the ATF - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale.

According to Robinson's guilty plea, from May 2010 until September 2011, Robinson and others distributed crack cocaine in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Baltimore. During the time of the conspiracy, Robinson and his co-conspirators purchased crack cocaine from various sources of supply. The conspirators stored the narcotics at "stash houses" throughout Brooklyn, packaged the drugs for street level distribution and sold the crack cocaine to retail customers on the streets of Brooklyn. In addition to physical surveillance, the evidence includes calls intercepted on the conspirators' cellular telephones as part of court-ordered wiretaps. The government also made 11 undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Robinson, with a combined total of 280 grams of crack cocaine.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF Violent Crime Impact Team; the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Clinton J. Fuchs and John W. Sippel, who prosecuted the case.

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