Baltimore drug trafficker gets 20 years in prison, forfeits Italian ice stand and cars

Baltimore drug trafficker gets 20 years in prison, forfeits Italian ice stand and cars

A major Baltimore drug trafficker who imported large amounts of cocaine from Texas was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday, federal prosecutors announced.

Kedrick Arnold Jenifer, 44, of Bowie, was also ordered to forfeit four homes, seven vehicles including a Rolls Royce and a Ferrari, jewelry, a boat, guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars. A Rita's Italian ice stand in Fells Point that he co-owned, and which authorities alleged was used to launder money, was also forfeited.

"Kedrick Jenifer lived large as a major Baltimore drug dealer, but now he will lose all of his toys and live for two decades in federal prison," U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a news release. "The money, cars, jewelry, real estate and businesses he accumulated with drug proceeds were forfeited to the government."

Jenifer pleaded guilty in October.

Prosecutors said Jenifer headed an organization that sent couriers to Houston, with money hidden in secret compartments inside their vehicles. Jenifer would fly to Houston to pick up the cocaine, which was transported back to Baltimore in courier vehicles as Jenifer flew back.

Two of his couriers were stopped near Houston, and police recovered 30 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the vehicle. One of the couriers in the car, 60-year-old John Moore, returned to Baltimore and was fatally shot in the back of the head on Oct. 20, 2012.

"Law enforcement agents believe that Moore's homicide was the direct result of the cocaine seizure," prosecutors said, with phone records showing he had been in contact with Jenifer. Jenifer was not charged in the killing, however.

Nine co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced, prosecutors said. Each received between 10 and 16 years in prison.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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