He will be spending his time in prison far away from Maryland.
A Frederick man who entered a plea on Monday to a firearms offense is being sent to a federal prison far, far away. Tavares Bowie, 35 pleaded guilty in US District Court in Baltimore to carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense. Judge Catherine Blake Sentenced him to six years in prison, and five years of supervised release.
US Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein says a sentence like this sends a message to offenders who carry a gun while committing a drug crime. "If you carry a gun while you're dealing drugs, you face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, just for carrying that gun in a drug trafficking offense. You don't have to fire that gun or use the gun in any way," he says.
In addition, Rosenstein says Bowie will be sent to a prison far outside of Maryland under Project Exile. "Exile is a program under which we identify the most dangerous offenders in the community and bring federal charges. So that we guarantee that those offenders will be removed from Maryland, and they will no longer be a danger to the community and a problem for local police," he says.
Bowie was arrested on September 3rd, 2012 by Frederick Police. Officers responded to 325 Market Street for a man with a gun. The police located Bowie, and recovered a 380-caliber handgun. They also found 22 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine in Bowie's pants pockets.
Rosenstein says federal authorities intervened at the request of the Frederick Police and State's Attorney's Office, who said he was problem in the community. "He's a 35-year-old man. They know who he was. They dealt with him before, and they don't want to have to deal with him again. So this case guarantees he'll be off the streets and in federal prison for six years, and subject to supervision by a federal probation officer for five years after he returns," says Rosenstein.
Project Exile is a program of the US Attorney's Office, the Frederick Police, State's Attorney's Office and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives.