News Release
For Immediate Release
Date: January 23, 2011
Contact: GS Shawn Ellerman
Number: 202-307-3936

Baltimore Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Drug Organization Processed and Sold Heroin Near a Charter School in Baltimore 

BALTIMORE - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Lamont Causion, age 40, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; Major Michael Kundrat, Senior Commander of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police; Michael A. Pristoop, Chief of the Annapolis Police Department; Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.; Colonel Marcus Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to his guilty plea, Causion was intercepted on his cellular telephone making arrangements to purchase heroin from Christian Gettis, which Causion then sold to his own customers. For example, on August 10, 2010, Causion called Gettis to question whether Gettis had sold 100 grams of heroin since Causion’s scale read only 99 grams. On October 9, 2010, Causion and Gettis were overheard complaining about the quality of heroin that Gettis received and sold to Causion. On November 6, 2010, Causion was overheard making arrangements to meet Gettis to buy heroin. Causion conspired with Gettis and others to distribute between 700 grams and one kilogram of heroin.

Causion was part of a drug trafficking organization which used a location that was less than 1,000 feet from a charter school in Baltimore City to process and distribute heroin. The investigation revealed that the conspirators distributed heroin in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County and a housing project in Annapolis.

To date, 12 defendants, including the ringleader Christian Devlon Gettis, a/k/a “Cutty Rock,” “C,” and “Chris,” age 39, of Baltimore, have pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug trafficking conspiracy. Judge Motz has scheduled Gettis’ sentencing for February 17, 2012.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI and FBI agents in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C.; the Baltimore Police Department; MdTA Police; the Annapolis Police Department; the Anne Arundel County Police Department; the Maryland State Police; FBI agents in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; the DEA; and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the arrest of the defendants, the searches and the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Ayn B. Ducao and Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.