(Updated 7/26/2013) A federal grand jury July 22 indicted 14 local residents for conspiracy to distribute heroin in Baltimore, the U.S. attorney announced July 25.
Armed with search warrants, over 100 federal law enforcement agents and Baltimore police officers arrested nine of the defendants. Two defendants are in custody on state charges and three remain at large.
“I am confident that ATF’s successful execution of federal arrest and search warrants today in Baltimore will make an impact on crime and violence in our community,” federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven Gerido said in a statement.
The defendant’s face at least 10 years in prison and possibly life sentences. Those arrested are to appear in federal court in Baltimore July 26 and July 29.
Indicted were Darryl Robinson Sr., 49; Mario Williams,37, Isiah Robinson, 27, Antonio Berry, 42, Raymond Jefferson, 43, Joyce Dunn, 51, Tyree Howard, 27, Hilton Gibbs, 42, Douglass Duncan,47, Darryl Debro, 47, Kevin Fisher,48, Eric Johnson,42, Reginald Randolph, 47, all of Baltimore and Darrell Gillman, 42 of Towson.
Berry and Dunn are in custody on state charges. Jefferson, Debro and Fisher remain at large and police remain in an active search for them.
“Our ongoing fight against violent crime is more successful with our allied state and federal partners,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a statement. “We continue to do all we can to reduce crime and violence and I thank all those involved in helping make Baltimore safer.”
U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police and the Baltimore City state’s attorney’s office for their work in this investigation. He also commended Clinton J. Fuchs and Scott Lemmon, the assistant U.S. attorneys who are prosecuting the case.