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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

Monday, January 13, 2014

Baltimore Crack Dealer Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Dontae Cox, age 30, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine. Judge Hollander also ordered Cox to forfeit $29,030 in cash seized during the investigation, as well as a .22 caliber handgun, loaded .22 caliber magazine, one box of 9mm ammunition, two digital scales and two money counters.

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; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to Cox’s plea agreement, on March 26, 2012, a confidential source called Cox who agreed to sell approximately 2 ounces (56 grams) of crack cocaine to the source at the Mondawmin Mall later in day. During their meeting later that day, the source entered a vehicle occupied only by Cox. The source gave Cox $2,400 in cash in exchange for approximately 2 ounces (56 grams) of crack cocaine.

On April 3, 2012, the Baltimore County Police Department executed a search warrant at Cox’s residence and recovered 107.6 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, including scales and money counters. During the execution of the search warrant and a vehicle stop earlier in the day, law enforcement recovered a total of $29,030 from Cox, which he admits that he earned from the distribution of narcotics.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney David I. Sharfstein, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015