News Release
November 08, 2010
Contact: SA Melissa Bell
Public Information Officer
Number: 202-616-4740

Cocaine Supplied By Los Zetas Mexican Drug Cartel

NOV 08 -- Baltimore, Maryland – On November 5, 2010, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced James Bostic, age 39, of Baltimore, Maryland to 210 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 110 pounds of cocaine.

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.
“DEA’s investigation of James Bostic was a long-term, highly complex effort.” stated Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "The sentence he received is another example of our success in the fight against major Mexican drug cartels operating in the United States,” stated Cooper-Davis

“A substantial portion of the illegal drugs distributed in Maryland are imported from the Mexican border,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “This case demonstrates the international ties of a local drug dealer.”

According to Bostic’s plea agreement, from 2005 until February 2, 2010, Bostic received cocaine from the Los Zetas Mexican Drug Cartel, which he and other conspirators distributed.

According to the plea agreement, based on information from a confidential source, law enforcement learned that Bostic would be making a large cash payment to cartel representatives for previously obtained marijuana and cocaine at a hotel in White Marsh, Maryland. Law enforcement recorded the meeting. Bostic entered the room carrying a suitcase, removed plastic bags containing cash from the suitcase and told the cartel representatives that it’s “590.” After the meeting cartel representatives were observed counting the money, which was placed in heat-sealed bags and hidden in a vehicle. The next day, as the cartel representatives were leaving Maryland, a vehicle stop was conducted and $589,000 was recovered from the vehicle.

On February 2, 2010, the same confidential source advised law enforcement that Bostic was planning to meet with a cartel representative to obtain drugs. Law enforcement again recorded the meeting. Bostic opened the suitcase given to him by the cartel representative, counted the kilograms of cocaine and left the room with the suitcase. In the hallway Bostic saw law enforcement officers, dropped the suitcase and fled. Bostic was caught and arrested in the hotel parking lot. Officers recovered a large hunting knife and cash from Bostic and 12 kilograms (approximately 26 ½ pounds) of cocaine from the suitcase. A subsequent search of Bostic’s home recovered a loaded pistol-gripped shotgun from the bedroom.

Bostic admits that as part of the conspiracy, he was responsible for the distribution of between 110 and 330 pounds of cocaine.