3 sentenced for drugs

August 25, 2007

Three Baltimore men were each sentenced yesterday to long prison terms for drug crimes in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, federal prosecutors said.

In the first case, U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Devin Burrell, 49, to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine. Prosecutors said Burrell arranged to buy drugs from New York from a man who turned out to be an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Davis also sentenced Jermaine Hardy, 33, to 10 1/2 years in prison for distributing more than 500 grams of crack cocaine, prosecutors said.

And U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Elliott Gray, 37, to 15 1/2 years in prison for distributing crack cocaine, according to prosecutors. Quarles found Gray to be a career offender - he has two previous state convictions for dealing drugs - and enhanced his sentence.

According to Gray's guilty plea, he sold cocaine and heroin to an undercover police officer on five separate occasions in November and December. Authorities said they searched his home and found cocaine, $600, scales and ammunition.

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