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Baltimore Co. man sentenced to 10 years for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 13:17:52-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — On Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that they have sentenced 26-year-old Devon Denzel Thompson, of Woodlawn, to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute three kilograms of fentanyl.

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III also ordered Thompson to forfeit drug proceeds of $14,144 in cash and a .380-caliber firearm and ammunition recovered during a search of his home. The sentence was imposed on July 9, 2020.

“Law enforcement partners are working together to arrest and prosecute those who peddle deadly fentanyl on our streets and in our neighborhoods,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “Drug traffickers are on notice that dealing in fentanyl increases their odds of federal prosecution. Devon Thompson added a gun to that equation and will now serve 10 years in federal prison, where there is no parole—ever. Please, put down the gun and save a life—maybe even your own.”

According to his plea agreement, on March 16, 2018, Thompson fled from a traffic stop. The Baltimore County Police Department officers that were in pursuit of Thompson observed him throwing items out of the window. Eventually, Thompson was stopped and arrested. Drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale and a baggie containing over 40 grams of fentanyl, were recovered.

Based on those recoveries, law enforcement officers obtained a warrant to search Thompson’s home. During the search, they recovered three kilograms of fentanyl and over $10,000 from Thompson’s bedroom. Officers also recovered a .380-caliber handgun and rounds of live ammunition from other areas of the house.

Thompson admitted that the drugs and gun were his and that he possessed the gun in connection with his drug distribution.