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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

March 30, 2011

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie E. Leduc, AUSA
(410) 209-4885

Baltimore Heroin Dealer and Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 17 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Quincy Salliey, age 36, of Baltimore, today to 17 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Bennett enhanced Salliey’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.

With each successful sentencing, we are showing the citizens of Baltimore that ATF is serious about locking up armed career criminals, says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa Stoop. Furthermore, we are confident that we are impacting the violence in our communities by taking these habitual offenders off the streets.

According to Salliey’s plea agreement, on May 27, 2010, Baltimore Police officers in plain clothes in an unmarked car were conducting a narcotics investigation in the 600 block of Bartlett Avenue in Baltimore. The officers saw an individual leave a home on Bartlett Avenue carrying a clear plastic bag that contained illegal narcotics. The individual approached a vehicle parked a few doors down from the home and handed the bag to Salliey, who was the front seat passenger in the car. The officers approached and removed Salliey from the vehicle, then saw a black handgun on the floor of the car by the front passenger seat. Salliey was arrested and searched. Officers recovered 47 gelcaps of heroin and $319 in cash from Salliey. The handgun was a loaded FEG Model SMC–918 9mm semi–automatic pistol. A search of the vehicle recovered a clear plastic bag with six additional 9mm rounds; a brown bag with two boxes of 9mm rounds and $1,930 in cash recovered from the dash compartment above the car radio.

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 Benjamin M. Block, who prosecuted the case.