A Germantown man was sentenced yesterday in Federal District Court to 10 years after pleading guilty to possession of drugs and guns.
On Thursday, February 8, United States District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Andrew Dean Bailey, age 32, of Germantown, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Chief Mark P. Sroka of the Gaithersburg Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, on March 23, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Bailey’s in Germantown, where they located a firearm, ammunition, narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, and cash. Among other things, officers seized a loaded .40 caliber handgun, additional .40 caliber rounds of Winchester ammunition, and approximately 96 grams of cocaine, 3 grams of alprazolam, and 1 gram of morphine pills. Officers also seized $15,900 in drug-trafficking proceeds.
Bailey admitted that he intended to sell the cocaine found in his apartment and that he possessed that loaded .40 caliber handgun in order to protect his drugs and drug-trafficking proceeds.
Prior to March 23, 2017, Bailey had been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year of imprisonment (and his civil rights had not been restored), which prohibited him from legally possessing firearms or ammunition. According to Maryland Case Search, Bailey was convicted of robbery and possession of drugs with intent to distribute in July 2008.
Judge Hazel ordered the forfeiture of the $15,900, the handgun and the ammunition.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning praised the DEA, Montgomery County Police and Gaithersburg Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Packard and Timothy Hagan who prosecuted the case.