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Man who brought gun into Baltimore police station gets more than 4 years in prison

A man who brought a loaded gun and drugs into a Baltimore police station — a task he allegedly said was directed by the Black Guerrilla Family gang — was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Jason C. Armstrong, 29, was sentenced to 57 months by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, after pleading guilty in April to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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In January, Armstrong walked into the Northeastern District station to meet his probation officer, where officers noted that he smelled like marijuana, according to his plea agreement. He tried to flee, and in the process of being apprehended officers felt a hard object that turned out to be a loaded .22 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, his plea agreement says.

Police said at the time that Armstrong told them he brought the gun in as a "security test" for the BGF gang.

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The incident caused police to beef up security, and raised questions about security protocols at police stations, which do not have metal detectors.

It was one of at least four times in the past year that a gun has been smuggled into a city police station. Twice in the past month, guns have been found in holding cells in the Eastern District, while police say an arrestee fatally shot himself with a gun in Southwestern District station last August.

Armstrong's case was taken federal in May.

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