News Release
July 28, 2009
Contact: S/A Edward Marcinko,
PIO Baltimore Dist. Office
Number: 410 579-5033

Wicomico County Man Exiled to 10 Years in Prison

JUL 28 -- Baltimore, Maryland – On July 24, 2009, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Duran Moss, age 27, of Salisbury, Maryland to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Division along with United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.  The federal sentence is to be served concurrent to the two life sentences Moss received in state court on charges of first and second degree murder and use of a firearm in a violent crime.

“The life Mr. Moss led was destructive to his community and himself. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of law enforcement, he is no longer a fugitive and will now spend many years in prison. The sentence that was imposed today upon Mr. Moss is appropriate for the crimes that he committed,” stated Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Division. 

“We are pleased to have worked with our partners to exile such a violent offender from society,” says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop.   “Mr. Moss will no longer incite violence in our communities, and this significant sentence holds him accountable for his actions.”              

 “On behalf of the people of Wicomico County, I want to express our appreciation to all of the federal agencies, especially ATF and the United States Attorney's Office for Maryland, for the manner in which they have worked closely with the state and local law enforcement agencies in order to ensure that a most dangerous criminal has been removed from the Lower Eastern Shore,” says Wicomico County State's Attorney Davis R. Ruark.  “The exceptional working relationship between the federal and local authorities has resulted in a most effective tool in deterring violent crime in Wicomico County. I especially thank the United States Attorney’s Office for their special efforts to coordinate prosecution efforts in the more rural areas of Maryland,” says Ruark.

According to his guilty plea, on July 5, 2008, law enforcement officers were investigating a burglary in Salisbury and saw Moss, who matched the description of the suspect standing next to the house that had been burglarized.  A law enforcement officer identified himself to Moss, who ran into a wooded area between several houses. Officers chased Moss through the wooded area and eventually tackled him.  Officers conducted a pat down of Moss while he was on the ground and recovered a plastic bag containing several individual baggies containing a total of 12.8 grams of crack cocaine; $377 in cash, folded and separated by denomination; three cell phones; a digital scale containing trace amounts of crack cocaine; and six hotel room keys.  Moss was arrested. As officers pulled Moss up from the ground, officers found a Glock 19, 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, loaded with 11 rounds, on the ground where Moss was lying. 

Moss initially lied about his identity to the officers, but the officers knew his true identity from prior criminal investigations. A short time later, Moss admitted his true identity to the officers.  As of May 13, 2008, Moss had been a fugitive, with an outstanding arrest warrant for state charges of first degree murder and robbery.  In addition, the Glock 19 in Moss’s possession was stolen during a burglary on April 8, 2005. 

SAC Ava A. Cooper-Davis thanked the Wicomico County State’s Attorney Davis Ruark, Deputy State’s Attorney Sam Vincent and Assistant State’s Attorney Ella Disharoon, the Salisbury Police Department, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Kwame J. Manley and Mushtaq Gunja, who prosecuted the case.