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Owings Mills man pleads guilty to federal gun charge in a drug trafficking case

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 12:43:36-05

BALTIMORE — An Owings Mills man could face eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Timothy Herndon, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Acting Special Agent in Charge Toni Crosby of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division.

“Timothy Herndon brought danger to our community through the deadly combination of guns and drugs," said Hur. "Now he likely eight years in federal prison, where there is no parole—ever. Please, put down the guns and save a life—maybe even your own.”

According to the plea agreement, in May 2019, ATF Special Agents executed a search warrant at Herndon’s home in Owings Mills.

After being read his Miranda warnings, Herndon told agents that he had placed a gun in a shoebox in the second-floor bedroom. Agents found that gun, then searched the rest of the home.

In the living room, agents found one clear bag containing multiple black plastic zip lock baggies of cocaine base (crack) and approximately $2,000 in cash.

In the kitchen trashcan under the trash bag, they found additional small black zip lock baggies of cocaine base (crack), a black shopping bag containing razor blades, multiple clear plastic bags, and one round of 9-millimeter ammunition.

From underneath the dishwasher, agents recovered the following: three loaded firearms; two clear plastic sandwich bags containing cocaine; additional drug paraphernalia; and a paper bag containing a large amount of cash. Agents found a total of nearly $40,000 in cash inside the home.

Herndon and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Herndon will be sentenced to eight years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for March 27 at 2:00 p.m.