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Alleged BGF drug supplier gets 19 years in prison for Eastern Shore drug conspiracy

August 9, 2013

Austin Roberts photoToday, Austin Roberts III learned his fate: 19 years in federal prison. That’s what he’d expected, according to his plea agreement, entered in May.

Though not charged in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2009/2010 racketeering case against the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang, Roberts figured prominently in court documents in that case as one of the gang’s main drug suppliers and was identified as one of three “key lieutenants on the streets for drug-trafficking activities” for the BGF, along with Rainbow Williams and Gregory Fitzgerald.

Roberts’ sentence today was handed down for his involvement in an Eastern Shore drug conspiracy, and until December 2012, when he was arrested in San Diego, he’d been on the lam since the indictment was handed down in June 2011.

The sentence “closes the book on a drug dealer who was responsible for trafficking a lot of cocaine on the Eastern Shore,” said Gary Tuggle, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA’s Baltimore office, in a press release. “You can run and hide but the long arm of justice will eventually catch you.”