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51-Yr.-Old Baltimore Man Gets 19 Yr. Prison Sentence for Drug Trafficking

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A federal judge sentenced 51-year-old Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to a gun and drug charge to 19 years in prison Feb. 13.

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., levied the sentence on Barry Thomas, age 51, of Baltimore after the man pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and the judge learned that the defendant has two previous drug trafficking convictions.

The court action is the latest round of activity surrounding Thomas and two co-defendants, LaKeisha Holloway and Darryl Chase, also of Baltimore.

Prosecutors said Thomas and Chase supplied cocaine and heroin to Holloway.

The three were arrested Nov. 7, 2009 when police stopped a car being driven by Thomas and Chase and found to contain two bags of heroin and one bag of cocaine in the center console, with a 9mm handgun found directly next to the bags of drugs. A subsequent lab analysis confirmed that two bags contained a total of 44.73 grams of heroin, and the third bag contained 7.42 grams of cocaine.

Holloway, 32, and Chase, age 53, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug trafficking scheme and were sentenced to 12 years in prison and 37 months in prison, respectively.

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