Heroin dealer gets 14 years

May 31, 2008

A third drug dealer convicted of distributing a brand of heroin known as "Smackdown" in West Baltimore was sentenced yesterday to 14 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Donita Moore, 29, had pleaded guilty in March to distributing heroin in a five- to eight-block area of West Baltimore bounded by Baltimore, Pratt, Gilmor and Arlington streets from 2005 through June 2007, according to federal prosecutors. Law enforcement officers raided a house in Northeast Baltimore last June and found more than 3 kilograms of heroin.

After her prison sentence, Moore will serve five years of supervised release under the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr.

Prosecutors say Moore and others conspired to distribute more than 30 kilograms of heroin during the more than two-year period.

Two other men also convicted as part of the drug organization were sentenced this month to 171/2 years and 14 years in federal prison.

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