Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Suitland Felon Exiled to Almost 11 Years in Prison for Gun and Drug Charges
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced David Chris Simms, age 39, of Suitland, Maryland, today to 130 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to Simms’ plea agreement, on September 19, 2014, members of the Prince George’s County Police Department executed a search warrant at Simms’ residence. During the search, officers recovered a .40 caliber, and a 9 mm handgun, each loaded with a 31 round extended magazine; two additional magazines loaded with .40 caliber and 9 mm ammunition; and an open box of 9mm ammunition. In addition, law enforcement recovered at least 28 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 1.4 kilograms of marijuana, $8,900 in cash, and heat sealer bags. The guns and drugs were all found in Simms’ bedroom. Officers also recovered $1,064 from Simms on the same day. The cash seized from Simms and from his bedroom was proceeds of his drug trafficking business.
Simms had a previous felony conviction and was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Gardner, who prosecuted the case.