Balto. County man gets 10 years in drug scheme

January 20, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A federal judge sentenced a 41-year-old Baltimore County man yesterday to serve 10 years in prison for his role in a large-scale drug operation that sold heroin and cocaine throughout the Baltimore region.

Michael Felder, 41, of Cockeysville, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine over a 10-year period in a large narcotics-trafficking enterprise operated in Baltimore by brothers Howard and Raeshio Rice, who also pleaded guilty and received sentences of decades in prison.

According to the plea agreement, Felder conspired with the Rice brothers and others to distribute cocaine for a decade ending in 2005 in the northwest areas of Baltimore City. Felder owned and operated a shop called The Wheel Deal, where several drug transactions occurred, court papers show. During Felder's time in the conspiracy, the organization distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine, prosecutors said.

Of the 13 defendants charged, 12 have pleaded guilty to racketeering or drug conspiracy charges. The remaining defendant and alleged hit man, Eric Hall, 35, of Baltimore, is scheduled for trial in October on charges that could carry the death penalty.

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