Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury today released an indictment charging Delmarcus Branford, aka “Baydo”, 31, of Elkridge, Maryland, on federal charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances , especially fentanyl and cocaine. , and marijuana; possession of a firearm for the purpose of a drug trafficking crime; and for being a criminal in possession of a gun. According to court documents, Branford allegedly committed the crimes while on probation.
The indictment was announced by the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Jonathan F. Lenzner; 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; Chief Amal E. Awad of the Anne Arundel County Police Department; Chief Edward Jackson of the Annapolis Police Department; Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrison; and Baltimore City Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
The three-count indictment and other court documents allege that in 2020, Branford carried out drug deals, including selling crack cocaine to law enforcement officers undercover on several occasions . Branford was then charged under seal by the Baltimore City Circuit Court and a federal arrest warrant was issued based on a notice of probation violation. Court documents further allege that Branford continued to sell drugs, posting several photos of himself with large amounts of cash, luxury vehicles and high-end clothing and other articles on social media, such as symbol of his success in his illicit enterprise.
As detailed in court documents, Branford was arrested on August 19, 2021 on federal warrant for violating his supervised release. Simultaneously, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Branford’s home, seizing approximately $ 38,854 in cash, cell phones and other electronic devices. A search warrant was also obtained for the Maserati that law enforcement observed Branford behind the wheel, after a K-9 trained in controlled substance detection was positively alerted to the presence of drugs. Court documents allege that during the search of the Maserati, the police recovered a semi-automatic firearm; a black garbage bag and a gray bag both containing controlled substances; and a digital scale with drug residues. In the vehicle, the police reportedly recovered a total of approximately 499.46 grams of cocaine; 25.66 grams of fentanyl; and a large amount of marijuana.
Search warrants were subsequently obtained for cell phones used by Branford which were seized in the search on August 19, 2021. The phones are said to contain evidence of drug trafficking, including drug videos and photos, and bundles. silver wrapped in plastic wrap.
If convicted, Branford faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances; a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to life in federal prison for possession of a firearm for the purpose of the crime of drug trafficking; and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The actual sentences for federal crimes are generally less than the maximum sentences. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. Branford is expected to appear in Greenbelt U.S. District Court for the first time at a later date. Branford has been held since his arrest on federal warrant for violating his supervised release and a federal criminal complaint filed on September 28, 2021.
An indictment is not a guilty verdict. An individual charged with an indictment is presumed innocent unless and until his guilt has been proven in subsequent criminal proceedings.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings 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 Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for sustainable crime reduction.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended the FBI, DEA, Anne Arundel County, Annapolis and Baltimore Police Departments, as well as the Baltimore City Attorney’s Office for their work in investigation. Mr Lenzner thanked Deputy US Prosecutors Thomas P. Windom and LaRai Everett, who are pursuing the case.
For more information on the Maryland US Attorney’s Office, its gun crime priorities and programs, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-neighbourhoods-psnexile.
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