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Drug dealer using motor home helps FBI bust nine customers

A drug dealer caught transporting more than 60 pounds of cocaine and heroin to the Baltimore area in a motor home quickly flipped on his customers and helped authorities bring down nine men, according to court records.

Four men charged in the case — Jermaine Cannady, 39, Cornell Dion Brown, 29, Dominic William Parker, 30, and Ronald Timothy Sampson, 35 — were convicted by a federal jury on Friday. Five other defendants previously pleaded guilty, records show.

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The FBI said in court records that a tipster alerted them to a drug shipment on its way from California to Aberdeen, hidden inside of a motor home with Louisiana license plates. On Aug. 6, 2014, the motor home arrived as described and the driver was taken into custody, records show.

Authorities say he began working with law enforcement, making phone calls — which were recorded by the FBI — to set up drug transactions with buyers, most of them to take place in the parking lots around Mondawmin Mall.

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"You ready to see me?" the informant said to a prospective buyer in one call, according to records.

Brown and Tavon Hopkins, 38, who previously pleaded guilty, were arrested after arriving to pick up four kilograms of cocaine that they had agreed to purchase from the informant, prosecutors said. They had $157,000 cash in a bag in their vehicle, prosecutors said.

Cannady, who the informant described as his "right-hand man," was arrested with Parker, while Sampson was arrested with $10,500 cash, records show.

A Nevada man allegedly driving the motor home was charged and his case is pending.

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Agents also seized more than $215,000 after the informant set up a transaction with Vincent Cooper, of Washington, D.C., a maintenance man at an apartment complex who stashed the money in his work closet, records stated. Cooper previously pleaded guilty.

The men each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and/or heroin, and for attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine and/or heroin.

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