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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2012

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

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

Reservoir Hill Crack Dealer Exiled to Over 15 Years in Prison

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Omar Anderson, age 33, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 188 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Judge Bredar enhanced Anderson's sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on previous convictions for drug trafficking, assault and witness intimidation.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Debbie D. Bullock of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III of the Baltimore City Police Department.

This sentence is a testament to our commitment to holding violent offenders accountable who torment our community with gun and drug violence, said Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld, III. The Baltimore Police Department will continue to relentlessly target violent offenders and work with our federal partners to send a clear message that violence in Baltimore won't be tolerated.

According to Anderson's plea agreement, from February through September 2011, Anderson conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine at an open-air drug "shop" in the Reservoir Hill area of Baltimore. Anderson admitted that on a nearly daily basis he coordinated the purchase of bulk quantities of crack cocaine, packaged the drugs for street-level distribution and supervised several employees who distributed the crack cocaine to customers.

On September 14, 2011, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Anderson's residence in Baltimore and recovered approximately 250 grams of crack cocaine from Anderson's bedroom closet.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Clinton J. Fuchs, who prosecuted the case.