Pubdate: Tue, 03 Jan 2017
Source: Baltimore Sun (MD)
Copyright: 2017 The Baltimore Sun Company
Author: Jessica Anderson


The "kingpin" of drug trafficking organization was sentenced to 25 years
in prison, prosecutors say.

The "kingpin" of a drug trafficking organization that operated throughout
the Baltimore region was sentenced to more than two decades in prison on
drug-related charges in Baltimore County, authorities said.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert Cahill, Jr. on Thursday sentenced
Charles Davenport, 29, to 40 years, with all but 25 years suspended, for
conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine, possession with the intent to
distribute heroin, and possession of large amounts of heroin, the Attorney
General's office said.

The Attorney General's office and the Baltimore County State's Attorney's
Office indicted Davenport on drug-related charges earlier this year.

"Charles Davenport is one of the many individuals who has profited through
organized crime, exploited the drug addiction of others, and contributed
to intolerable levels of violence in Baltimore City," Attorney General
Brian Frosh said in a statement.

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a statement
the sentence represents the importance of strong law enforcement
partnerships to curb the heroin epidemic.

"Heroin deaths are at an all-time high. With the hard work of all the
agencies involved we were able to get a dangerous drug dealer off the
streets," Shellenberger said.

Davenport's attorney did not respond to a message seeking comment Friday
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