For Immediate Release: 12/18/17
East Baltimore — George Spell was found guilty by a jury of all counts stemming from his arrest for felony narcotics and firearms violations, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Assistant State’s Attorney Richard Boucher prosecuted the case.
On June 15, 2017 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Baltimore Police Officers assigned to the Eastern District observed Spell sitting the driver’s seat of a running vehicle in the 800 block of North Bond Street. The officers knew from prior experience with Spell that he did not have a driver’s license.
Spell was detained for the traffic violation, searched and found to have suspected cocaine in his pocket. A key to a nearby apartment complex utility room, located in the 1500 block of East Madison Street, was recovered from Spell’s vehicle. The officers continued their investigation and found a .40 caliber handgun and a significant amount of narcotics in the utility room.
“This is the result the public can expect when their police know their neighborhoods and the people who live there. The relationships police build with the communities they are sworn to serve and protect are the most valuable tools they have to do their jobs,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “If those officers weren’t familiar with the defendant, we’d still have an illegal gun on our streets and the defendant’s drugs being peddled throughout this community and beyond.”
At the time of trial, Spell was pending another felony narcotics case and a violation of probation. Ultimately, Spell was sentenced to 12 years in prison, the first five years of which will be served without the possibility of parole for the firearms violation.