The leader of a Northeast Baltimore drug ring was sentenced March 8 to 20 years in prison, while two subordinates each received 10 years.
Dearius Forrester, 24, of Rosedale, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine.
According to court documents, from at least June 2009 through August 2010 Forrester led a drug distribution organization operating in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood known as the “4×4,” a small, relatively closed neighborhood bordered on the east and west by Edison Highway and Belair Road, respectively.
According to Forrester’s plea agreement law enforcement overheard Forrester and his co-conspirators discussing drug activities, and Forrester admitted that he distributed crack and powder cocaine, collected money from drug customers and distributors, and assisted the drug trafficking activities of other members of the drug conspiracy. Forrester was responsible for the distribution of 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and 5 kilograms or more of powder cocaine.
Co-defendants Raymond Moore, 20, and Tony Robinson, 30, both of Baltimore, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute powder and crack cocaine, and were sentenced to 10 years in prison.