Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 5/11/2017

Central Baltimore— Omanuel Johnson was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of several drug and weapons charges including possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a regulated firearm by a prohibited person.

Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecutor Daniel Murphy prosecuted the case.

On August 31, 2016, Baltimore police received information that there was an armed man sitting in a grey Chevrolet Impala parked in the 200 block of West Baltimore Street. When officers reported to the scene, they saw a grey Chevy Impala that had a woman sitting in the driver’s seat and Johnson sitting in the front passenger’s seat.

Shortly after the officers arrived, the vehicle pulled off but was stopped after police observed a faulty left tail light on the Impala. When the vehicle pulled over, Johnson immediately exited the vehicle as if to flee the scene. Officers stopped and searched Johnson, recovering 50 gel caps of suspected heroin from his pants pocket. Officers then discovered a 9mm Glock handgun underneath a purse on the passenger side of the vehicle. Johnson later told police that both the drugs and the gun belonged to him.

Johnson was previously convicted of being a prohibited person in possession of a regulated firearm in 2015, as well as of various drug offenses from as early as 2007.

He now faces up to 29 years in prison at sentencing on June 8, 2017. Additionally, if found to be in violation of his current probation, he could receive an additional five years.

“Johnson has shown a clear propensity to carry firearms illegally,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “As an armed drug dealer, he is a danger to himself and to the public. Hopefully, an extended period behind bars will be enough to convince him that carrying a firearm and dealing drugs is not worth risking his safety or his freedom.”

GVED, which was establish by State’s Attorney Mosby in collaboration with Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in November 2016, is comprised of prosecutors and police officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting gun offenders—taking a more individualized approach and focus on the offenses committed by violent gun offenders rather than merely the gun-related offenses.

With the detectives assigned to this division being housed in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, the sole responsibility of this new unit is to ensure the intelligence is used to apprehend, charge, and convict violent gun offenders in Baltimore.