A Catonsville man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, officials say.
When Rasheed Mickens, 35, was arrested last year, he was in possession of more than 200 fentanyl capsules, over a pound of marijuana and a 9mm pistol, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore said in a news release.
On July 8, 2020, while conducting undercover surveillance at a Baltimore motel, Baltimore County Police officers noticed a suspicious interaction between two suspects, according to Mickens’ plea agreement. Officers saw a male passenger in a sedan and another male arriving in a pickup truck.
Police followed the sedan, driven by a woman, onto Interstate 695 where they saw the male passenger hand her an item while she was driving. Officers stopped the vehicle and recovered a total of 48 capsules containing white powder from both occupants. An additional 50 capsules were found within the vehicle.
The male passenger told police they purchased 100 capsules of fentanyl for $300 and consumed two while driving. He also said that he purchased drugs from a man named “Mike” at the motel, according to the plea agreement.
Law enforcement returned to the motel and saw the same man who was seen in the earlier hand-to-hand transaction exit a room with a backpack and several bags to the same pickup truck, according to the plea deal. When detectives approached the man and identified themselves, he fled on foot. He was captured later and identified as Mickens.
After being detained, Mickens informed officers that drugs were in his truck. Law enforcement officials recovered 213 capsules of fentanyl, 96 grams of fentanyl, one pound of marijuana, 44 individual baggies of marijuana, 35 bars of mannite (a corn starch sugar used to cut heroin and fentanyl), a bag labeled “10,000” containing several unused capsules, a loaded 9 mm pistol, and three flip phones from the vehicle. White powder capsules and other drug paraphernalia also were found in Mickens’s backpack.
As part of the plea agreement, Mickens agreed the substances recovered included more than 40 grams of fentanyl and that the quantity of controlled substances was sufficient enough to indicate an intent to distribute. He also agreed he possessed the firearm in the pickup to further his drug trafficking crimes.
Mickens has a prior criminal history stemming from a 2006 carjacking conviction and a 2011 conviction for possession with intent to distribute narcotics, according the U.S. Attorney’s Office.