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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

March 9, 2012

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: AUSA Vickie E. LeDuc or Marcia Murphy
(410) 209-4885

Member of 4X4 Drug Organizatoin Exiled to 10 Years in Prison

Also Ordered to Forfeit 8 Motorcycles and 7 Flat Screen Televisions

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Tony Robinson, a/k/a Peterman, and "Pete," age 30, of Baltimore, yesterday to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine.

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; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to Robinson’s plea agreement, the indictment and other court documents, from at least June 2009 through August 2010, Robinson was part of a drug distribution organization that operated in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood known as the "4x4." The "4x4" is a small, relatively closed neighborhood consisting of four streets running north-south and four streets running east-west. Ravenwood, Elmora, Lyndale and Elmley Avenues all run east and west and are one-way streets. Greenview, St. Cloud, Highview and Longview Avenues all run north and south and are twoway streets. The area is bordered on the east and west ends by Edison Highway and Belair Road, respectively.

According to his plea and other court documents, law enforcement overheard Robinson and his co-conspirators discussing their drug activities. Robinson admitted that during the time of the conspiracy he distributed crack and powder cocaine, collected money from drug customers and distributors, and assisted the drug trafficking activities of other members of the drug conspiracy.

During the time of the conspiracy, Robinson was responsible for the distribution of 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and 5 kilograms or more of powder cocaine.

Judge Blake also ordered that Robinson forfeit all proceeds obtained or retained as a result of the offense, any property used to commit or to facilitate the commission of the offense and all property purchased with proceeds from the offense, including: eight motorcycles and a bag of motorcycle parts; seven flat screen televisions, ranging from 22 – 50 inches; a 2006 Honda Odyssey Van; and a 2005 Chevrolet Excursion Van.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked ATF’s Violent Crime Impact Team, the Baltimore City Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci L. Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State's Attorney, who is prosecuting the case.