For Immediate Release 8/4/2017
West Baltimore—Tyrone Johnson pled guilty to possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced to 10 years with the first five years to be served without the possibility of parole. Assistant State’s Attorney Danielle Cardin prosecuted the case.
On December 10, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Baltimore Police officers were on patrol in the area of Braddish and Westwood avenues, when a passerby told the officers to “Look down there”—directing the officers to the 1700 block of Braddish Avenue.
While walking on foot in the 1700 block of Braddish Avenue, an officer observed a silver and black handgun with an extended magazine stashed inside a hollow opening at the bottom of a tree. The gun was wrapped in a black plastic bag. After discovering the weapon, the officer went into a covert location with a clear and unobstructed view of the block.
At approximately 2:48 p.m., the officer observed Johnson approach the tree where the handgun was stashed. The officer then witnessed Johnson take the gun out of the tree; stand up; look both directions; and place the gun, as well as the black plastic bag, in his front waistband area. The officer then observed Johnson walk in the direction of a nearby alley on the south-side of the 2700 block of Westwood Avenue. As additional police officers arrived on the scene, they observed Johnson coming out of the alley. Johnson immediately recognized the police and placed both of his hands in the air.
As officers approached Johnson, he stated, “I only got a little bit of weed.” Police searched Johnson and recovered 54 grams of suspected marijuana. Johnson was placed under arrest.
After a brief canvass of the yard that Johnson was observed exiting, police recovered the silver and black handgun from a trashcan in the rear of a building in the 1700 block of Ashburton Street. The gun—a Ruger P89 DC with an obliterated serial number—was loaded with an extended magazine containing 20 additional rounds. It was warm to the touch and clean—unlike the surrounding items in the trashcan.
Packaging material and 95 grams of suspected heroin were also located in the trashcan next to the gun. Subsequent chemical testing revealed that the substance suspected to be heroin was mannitol, a cutting agent for heroin.
“The illegal possession of firearms contributes a great deal to the atrocious violence that plagues our communities,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “For those who want to settle disputes with guns, this sentence should serve as a reminder that you will be held accountable."