3 found guilty in federal drug cases

Prosecutors targeted long criminal records

August 04, 2007|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter

In separate federal trials this week, juries convicted three men on drug distribution charges, including two defendants who were targeted by prosecutors and city police because of their extensive criminal records.

On Tuesday, Earl Gordon, 27, was convicted of possessing crack cocaine with the intention of selling the drug. A separate jury convicted Victor White, 49, on Wednesday of possession of heroin and cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Carlos Woods, 23, was convicted yesterday of drug possession with intent to distribute.

Federal prosecutors said Gordon and Woods had been investigated as part of the Maryland U.S. attorney's program that singles out violent repeat offenders.

According to testimony presented at Gordon's two-day trial, prosecutors said officers found Gordon in his car in possession of marijuana and distribution quantities of crack cocaine. According to authorities, Gordon has a prior state conviction for possession of crack cocaine and a handgun charge.

Testimony at White's trial, prosecutors said, showed he had been staying with his girlfriend and was using her residence to package heroin and cocaine for street distribution. Baltimore city and county police searched the home in May 2006 and found heroin and cocaine, drug trafficking paraphernalia and two firearms, which White admitted were his, according to authorities.

The U.S. attorney's office said White has a prior federal conviction for possession with intent to distribute heroin, and prior state convictions for robbery with a deadly weapon, drug possession and statutory rape.

Prosecutors said evidence at Woods' trial showed that he was selling cocaine and marijuana in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of N. Collington Ave. and the 2100 block of E. North Ave. Officers arrested Woods after watching him sell drugs and seized his stash.

Gordon could get a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. White could get a maximum of 30 years in prison on the drug charge. As an armed career criminal, White could get a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Woods could get a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, prosecutors said. All three men are scheduled to be sentenced in October.

matthew.dolan@baltsun.com

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