News Release
July 16, 2010
Contact: SA Melissa Bell
Public Information Officer
Number: (202) 616-4740

Baltimore Heroin Dealer Exiled to Over 15 Years in Prison

JUL 16 -- Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Darryl D. White, age 29, of Baltimore, today to 188 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.  Judge Blake enhanced White’s sentence upon finding that he was a career offender based on two previous convictions for drug distribution.

The sentence was announced by Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration; United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

“The sentence that Mr. White received today should send a strong message to other criminals engaged in drug trafficking that this will not be tolerated,” stated Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Thanks to the investigative efforts of DEA and Baltimore City Police, Darryl White  will have plenty of time to think about his criminal activities as he grows old in prison,” added Cooper-Davis.

“This stiff federal sentence is another example of how the State’s Attorney’s office assists federal law enforcement using electronic surveillance to build investigations to convict violent felons who ply their illegal drug trade on our streets,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.  “Our message is that we’re watching and listening and we will use your own words to catch you.”

According to White’s plea agreement, December 2007 through June 2009, he participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.  White and other co-conspirators received telephone calls from heroin customers to purchase heroin and set up locations to meet the customers to complete the heroin sales.  On six occasions from December 12, 2007 through April 9, 2009, two DEA confidential sources and two undercover officers called White and arranged to purchase heroin from him. During a two-month period beginning in April 2009, after learning of planned drug transactions from intercepted calls between White, his co-conspirators and customers from West Virginia and western Maryland,  law enforcement conducted surveillance of the transactions, then detained the customers as they returned to West Virginia and western Maryland and recovered the heroin.  During this time period, White and his co-conspirators accepted and filled orders for approximately 1 ½ pounds of heroin.

On April 27, 2010, Judge Blake sentenced co-defendant LeJuanne Walker, age 28, of Owings Mills, Maryland, to 12 years in prison.