The court denied the detained individual's request for release from pretrial detention under § 3142 of the Bail Reform Act. The individual was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl and had prior convictions for drug distribution and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The individual also had stable and intermittent asthma. The court denied his request for release because he "had failed to rebut the presumption of detention . . . that no condition or combination of conditions could reasonably assure the safety of the community should defendant be released" given that he had "six prior violations of supervised release, violating in all but one of his convictions, and was on supervised release at the time of the instant alleged offense." The court also found that his asthma was not serious enough to warrant his release, noting that while detention in general presents an elevated risk of infection, "CDF has taken a comprehensive set of precautionary measures to protect its staff and its residents" and "reports [only] one positive case among its detainees."
United States v. Blackston, No. 19-cr-00286-ELH-3, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109779 (D. Md. June 23, 2020)
Criminal (State Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Parole or Probation Violations, Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Pretrial Detention [jail], Significant Criminal History
Prior weapons conviction for having a handgun on his person; two prior felony drug distribution convictions; six violations of supervised release
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Stable and intermittent asthma
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
Drug conspiracy involving greater than one kilogram of heroin and fentanyl, and greater than five kilograms of cocaine
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