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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 21, 2021
Jonathan F. Lenzner
, United States Attorney
Contact: Marcia Murphy

Baltimore Drug Dealer Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Daniel Taylor, age 36, of Baltimore, Maryland to nine years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Timothy Jones of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, from June 2020 to August 2020, Taylor conspired with others to distribute quantities of cocaine in Baltimore. For example, on June 26, 2020 Taylor spoke with an inmate on a recorded line. During the conversation the inmate asked Taylor where he was located and Taylor stated, “the block,” a term used to refer to an area in which narcotics are sold. Later in the conversation, Taylor stated the “girl” was the only thing that was “moving,” meaning that Taylor was trafficking narcotics and cocaine was making the most money. The term “girl” is used to refer to cocaine.

On August 20, 2020, the ATF executed a search warrant at Taylor’s Baltimore residence where law enforcement recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, five rounds of 12-gauge ammunition, and two rounds of 12-gauge shotgun slugs. Taylor admitted that he possessed the firearm in furtherance of the cocaine distribution conspiracy.

Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner praised the ATF and Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary Stendig and Lindsey McCulley who prosecuted the case.

Baltimore Field Division