Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 3/24/2017

Northeast Baltimore—Jamie Purnell was sentenced to 30 years suspend all but six years after a Baltimore City jury found him guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin. Assistant State’s Attorney Corey Kropp prosecuted the case.

Police obtained a search and seizure warrant for Purnell’s Belair-Edison area residence, which was executed on August 31, 2016.

Upon executing the warrant, the officers encountered Purnell and two minors. Purnell informed the officers that he had heroin, cocaine, and several distribution materials in the living room—and that the minors had nothing to do with the drugs.

Purnell also told officers there was a gun located in a nearby closet.

According to Kropp, Purnell was taken into custody. He later refused to plead guilty to his crimes, and elected to stand trial.

Kropp said the body worn camera footage of the officers executing the search warrant told the whole story.

“I showed the footage as my closing,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Corey Kropp. “You can clearly see him on tape admitting to the officers that there were drugs and a firearm in the house.”

“This case shows the significant role body warn camera footage can play at trial, which was tremendously helpful to ASA Kropp’s case and assisted the jurors in coming to a unanimous verdict on the distribution charges,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.