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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 30, 2012

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

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


Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Howard Drummond, age 25, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. Judge Bredar enhanced Drummond's sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on two previous drug convictions.

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 ATF - 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, from May to July 2010, Drummond conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Baltimore. Nearly every day during the conspiracy, Drummond and his co-conspirators purchased crack cocaine from sources of supply, stored the drugs at "stash houses" throughout Brooklyn, and packaged and sold the crack to customers on the streets of Brooklyn.

Drummond and his conspirators conspired to distribute between 280 and 840 grams of cocaine base.

Co-defendants Edward Robinson, age 24, Justin Malone, age 30, Kevin Thomas, age 30 and Brandon Miller, age 25, all of Baltimore, previously pled guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and await sentencing.

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 Attorneys Clinton J. Fuchs and John Sippel, who prosecuted the case.