Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Choose Paul W. Grimm at the moment sentenced Michael Bailey, age 32, of Winchester, Maryland, to 40 months in jail, adopted by three years of supervised launch, for possession of a firearm by a prohibited individual. Bailey, a beforehand convicted felon, offered a firearm to a member of the Gregory Butler Drug Trafficking Group (DTO) in Baltimore in alternate for heroin reduce with fentanyl. (Six members of the Gregory Butler DTO are alleged to be a part of the NFL prison enterprise in southwest Baltimore, participating in a sample of prison racketeering exercise together with acts involving homicide, narcotics trafficking and smuggling, unlawful firearms possession, bribery, witness intimidation, and witness retaliation. The time period NFL stands for Normandy, Franklin, and Loudon, that are three adjoining streets that run by the Edmondson Village.)
The sentence was introduced by Performing United States Lawyer for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Performing Particular Agent in Cost Rachel Byrd of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Subject Workplace; Assistant Particular Agent in Cost Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Workplace; Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Division; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Division.
“Most of the unlawful firearms utilized by gangs in Baltimore are introduced into the state by folks concerned within the drug commerce like Bailey,” stated Performing U.S. Lawyer Jonathan F. Lenzner. “On this case, members of the NFL prison drug enterprise are alleged to have carried out 4 murders and one tried homicide with illegally possessed firearms just like the gun Bailey offered to them. To scale back the violence in Baltimore, we should go after the drug commerce and the weapons. we additionally want to vary the tradition, in order that sellers like Bailey cease considering of Baltimore as their prison market. We’re dedicated to working with our regulation enforcement and neighborhood companions to get weapons out of the arms of drug sellers and off of our streets, in an effort to cut back violent crime in our neighborhoods.”
In response to his responsible plea, from at the least December 2018 by February 2019, Bailey, frequently traveled to Baltimore to buy heroin reduce with fentanyl from the Gregory Butler Drug Trafficking Group (the “DTO”). Bailey then transported the heroin to West Virginia, the place he offered it. Bailey admitted that in this time, he bought greater than 80 grams of heroin reduce with fentanyl from the DTO.
As detailed in his plea settlement, on about January 16, 2019, Bailey organized to promote the DTO a handgun outfitted with a laser sight, in alternate for a amount heroin. The firearm was a Walther P22 pistol, which Bailey stole from a relative. Bailey transported the gun from West Virginia to Baltimore to promote it. Investigators later recovered the firearm from a member of the DTO in Baltimore. Bailey knew that attributable to his earlier felony convictions, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
This case is a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Job Drive (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level prison organizations that threaten the USA utilizing a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency method that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and native regulation enforcement companies in opposition to prison networks.
Performing United States Lawyer Jonathan F. Lenzner counseled the FBI, the DEA, the Montgomery County and the Baltimore Police Division for his or her work within the investigation. Mr. Lenzner counseled the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Metropolis of Rockville Police Division; the Baltimore County, Howard County, and Montgomery County Police Departments; the Frederick County Sheriff’s Workplace; the Maryland State Police; the West Virginia State Police; the Virginia State Police; the Warren County (VA) Sheriff’s Division; the Winchester (VA) and Entrance Royal (VA) Police Departments; and the Frederick County and Howard County State’s Lawyer’s Places of work. Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Lawyer Matthew DellaBetta, who’s prosecuting the case.
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