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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

May 11, 2012

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

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

Baltimore Drug Trafficker Exiled to 10 Years in Prison

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Shelbert Elliott, age 29, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Hollander enhanced Elliott’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on two previous convictions for drugs or violent crime.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Marino F. Vidoli of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III of the Baltimore City Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

According to his plea agreement, Baltimore Police received information that Elliott was illegally buying firearms on the street. On May 10, 2011, law enforcement executed search warrants for Elliott’s two homes and car, and seized: heroin and other drug packaging and distribution paraphernalia, including a digital scale and drug packaging materials; a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol; a loaded.380 automatic pistol; and a revolver.

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