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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

February 10, 2011

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie E. LeDuc, Public Information Officer

Baltimore Drug Dealer and Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 20 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Guns and Ammunition

Admitted Using the Guns in Furtherance of his Drug Trafficking

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Dayvon Watson, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of narcotics trafficking. Judge Legg enhanced Watson’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal, based on four previous narcotics convictions.

The sentence was 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.

The city of Baltimore has no room for armed drug traffickers, says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa Stoop, and ATF is proud to have worked the investigation that will seal Mr. Watson’s fate for the next 20 years.

According to the statement of facts in Watson’s plea agreement, on March 24, 2010, police officers and ATF agents entered a house in the 1700 block of North Durham Street in Baltimore, Maryland, later found to be Watson’s home. Watson was found standing in the kitchen. Law enforcement also recovered from the kitchen a Ruger Red Hawk .44 Magnum revolver; a Hi-Point Firearms .9 mm Luger, model C9; an Intratec, model Tec-9, .9 mm Luger semiautomatic; one box of JSC Barnaul .223 caliber assault rifle ammunition; one box of Ultramax .44 Magnum ammunition; and one box of Independence .38 caliber ammunition. Watson admitted that he was involved in narcotics trafficking and used the guns and ammunition in furtherance of his drug trafficking.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Robert R. Harding and Joshua Kaul, who prosecuted the case.