Baltimore man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges | USAO-MD

BaltimoreMaryland – Juawan Davis, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering business and possession of a firearm in connection with a felony drug trafficking.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Deputy Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Secretary Robert Green of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections; Montgomery County Police Department Chief Marcus Jones; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.

According to his guilty plea, from 2017 to April 2019, Davis participated in a drug trafficking enterprise (DTO) and self-identified as a member of the “NFL.” The term “NFL” stands for Normandy, Franklin and Loudon, which are three adjacent streets that run through the village of Edmondson in Baltimore. NFL members have social and family ties to the Edmondson Village neighborhood in southwest Baltimore. NFL members distributed large quantities of heroin, cocaine base and fentanyl to drug addicts and drug dealers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In pursuit of the business, NFL members shared narcotics supplies and distributed narcotics daily, including heroin laced with fentanyl. Drug users thought they were buying heroin, but in reality, the NFL DTO often modified heroin with fentanyl or sold fentanyl to heroin-free customers.

As detailed in his plea agreement, intercepted communications identified Davis as a participant in NFL drug trafficking activities. Specifically, Davis obtained heroin and fentanyl in distribution quantities from other NFL members, which he then regularly sold to clients. Davis agrees that it was reasonably foreseeable to him that he and other NFL members distributed more than a kilogram of heroin during his DTO appearance.

Davis has also publicly intimidated, threatened and humiliated people whom the company believed were cooperating with law enforcement. For example, on January 11, 2018, Davis posted a photo of a former NFL drug distributor on social media, in which Davis identified the former distributor as a “rat” or someone who cooperated with the law enforcement. Similarly, on January 31, 2018, Davis released discovery information from a prosecution that identified a witness in the case. Davis made the post to help an NFL member who was awaiting trial in this case. The witness later refused to testify in state court and the case was dismissed against the NFL member.

As noted in his plea agreement, on December 20, 2018, an associate of Davis contacted him and asked for a handgun. Davis agreed to provide this associate with one of his handguns. Davis then drove to his home in Baltimore and shared a live video of himself brandishing a gun. Shortly after recovering the gun from his home, law enforcement stopped Davis at a nearby gas station where officers searched his car and recovered 40 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl and a gun loaded with ammunition.

Davis and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea deal, Davis will be sentenced to 13 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm has sentenced May 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

This case is part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages federal law enforcement forces , state and local against criminal networks.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. The Safe Neighborhoods Project (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. The NSP is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the FBI, DEA, DPSCS, Montgomery Police Department and Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter J. Martinez and John W. Sippel, who are prosecuting the case.

For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-neighborhoods-psnexile.

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