For Immediate Release 6/23/2017
Central Baltimore— Omanuel Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being 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, 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. The police stopped the car after observing a faulty left taillight on the Impala. When the vehicle pulled over, Johnson immediately exited the vehicle as if to flee the scene. Officers stopped and searched Johnson, and recovered 50 gel caps of suspected heroin from Johnson’s 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 convicted in June of 2015 of being a felon in possession of a handgun—just 14 months prior to this incident.
“Johnson has shown a clear propensity to carry firearms illegally. As an armed drug dealer, he is a danger to himself and to the public,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Hopefully an extended period behind bars will be enough to convince him that carrying a firearm and dealing drugs is not worth risking the safety of others or his freedom.”
State’s Attorney Mosby created the GVED in November 2016 in an effort to target gun offenders. The unit is comprised of prosecutors and Baltimore Police Detectives dedicated to investigating and prosecuting offenses committed by violent gun offenders rather than merely the gun-related offense. The unit is unique because the Baltimore Police Detectives assigned to this unit are co-located within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in an effort to work as closely as possible throughout all phases of the case and secure convictions.