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Baltimore man sentenced to 14 years for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin and cocaine

Posted at 4:09 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 16:09:11-04

BALTIMORE — A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

According to his plea agreement, from January 2017 until July 2018, Kenneth Grossman conspired to distribute those drugs as a leader and member of the Young Finesse Kings (YFK), a drug shop that operated primarily in the German Park area of Baltimore City.

During the course of the investigation, investigators from the FBI and the Baltimore Police Department obtained authority to intercept wire and electronic communications of members of the YFK drug shop and conducted physical surveillance of the drug shop documenting many instances of Kenneth Grossman directing and coordinating operations.

In April 2018, investigators were able to intercept phone calls which led them to believe that Grossman and several co-defendants were going to commit an act of violence out of retailiation. Investigators immediately responded to the area where the conspirators had discussed meeting and after locating their vehicle were able to arrest all occupants.

Grossman and his co-conspirators possessed firearms in their drug trafficking activities. Grossman had previous felony convictions and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

All nine defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug conspiracy or for possessing a firearm in the van with Grossman, including; Dana Dunnock, 21; Knowledge Sharpe, 19; Quran Smoot, 21; and Anthony Whitaker, 24, all of Baltimore. Six defendants, in addition to Grossman, have been sentenced including Sharpe who was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in federal prison; Whitaker who was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison; and Dunnock who was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison.