Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Rondell Finch, 26, of Baltimore, was sentenced by Judge William C. Mulford, II to 25 years in prison for possession of over 28 grams of heroin, manufacturing heroin, and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
"Mr. Finch is a predatory dealer who shows no remorse for the greater ramifications of his actions," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "In passing this sentence, Judge Mulford sent a clear message that anyone who intends to profit off the disease of others will be met with severe consequences."
On February 26, 2017 Finch was arrested on unrelated charges regarding an incident that allegedly occurred inside of a hotel. The following day, hotel staff entered Finch's room to evict him from the hotel. As they gathered all of his belongings from the room, hotel staff discovered a blue duffel bag full of what they suspected to be a controlled dangerous substance. Anne Arundel County Police responded to the scene and seized:
* A ziploc bag with 200 gel caps weighing approximately 70 grams. 120 of the 200 gel caps were analyzed and found to contain 21.75 grams of heroin and furanyl fentanyl
* A plastic bag with approximately 463.28 grams of a non-CDS white powder cutting agent
* A digital scale with white residue
* A knotted zip containing 10.48 grams of heroin and furanyl fentanyl
* 2 sifters containing white residue
* 12 white plastic capsule loading trays
* A package containing multiple empty gel caps
* 6 metal spoons with white powder
On February 28, 2018, Finch was found guilty by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury of possession of over 28 grams of heroin, manufacturing heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance: not marijuana.
Maryland sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence between 12 to 20 years of active incarceration. Finch was sentenced 25 years of active incarceration, the first 5 years of which are to be served without the possibility of parole.
Judge William C. Mulford, II presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Matthew Watt prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.