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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

December 17, 2012/p>

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie LeDuc
(410) 209-4885

Baltimore Five Time Convicted Felon Exiled to 10 Years in Prison for Heroin Trafficking

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Joseph Vaughan, age 30, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Bennett enhanced Vaughan’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on five previous drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

According to his plea agreement, on January 4, 2011 law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence that Vaughan had been observed entering and exiting, and seized a loaded revolver and ammunition, 13.81 grams of heroin, two scales with heroin residue and other drug trafficking paraphernalia. Vaughan was arrested. During his subsequent incarceration at the Baltimore City Detention Center, Vaughan was overheard on calls he made to associates referring to his ownership of the seized items.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department. Maryland Attorney General’s Office and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Gerald A. A. Collins, a cross designated Maryland Assistant Attorney General, who prosecuted the case.