For Immediate Release 8/9/2017
East Baltimore— Melvin McBride pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possessing a firearm as a prohibited person. McBride was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspend all but five years, for his crimes.
Assistant State’s Attorney Anna Mantegna prosecuted the case.
On February 8, 2017, police were given the description of an armed individual in the area of East Federal Street and North Luzerne Avenue in East Baltimore’s Berea neighborhood. McBride noticed the officers arrive on scene, and started to walk northbound. When police exited their vehicle, McBride fled to a nearby alley in the 2500 block of East Federal Street.
As McBride fled, officers in pursuit observed him reaching into his waistband. A black revolver—loaded with six rounds— fell to the ground during the chase, and one of the pursuing officers stopped to recover it as the other apprehended McBride.
Police searched McBride and found 42 plastic “jugs” of suspected cocaine. McBride told police he was carrying the gun for protection.
“I’m grateful for the members of this community for their willingness to report the suspicious activity, as well as the fine work of the police officers who recovered the weapon and took the defendant into custody,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. "If you’re selling drugs and carrying weapons—someone is bound to be killed. We must all work together to combat the criminal element.”