17-year term for heroin handler

October 12, 2007|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A 25-year-old Baltimore man received a 17 1/2 -year prison sentence in federal court yesterday for his role in a large-scale heroin distribution operation.

Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Samuel "Mook" Price to 210 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin, announced Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the guilty plea, from at least 1997 until 2005, Price helped lead a drug organization that sold at least 30 kilograms of heroin at the street level in West and South Baltimore and maintained open-air drug markets, or "drug shops," at various locations in the city, investigators wrote in court papers.

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