Defendant originally denied driving the vehicle in question before asking for his phone that officer’s had recovered from its cup holder
Baltimore, Md (August 26, 2021) — Today, Erin Barnes, 27, was found guilty of all charges by a Baltimore City jury including; Firearm Drug Trafficking, Possession of Firearm with Disqualifying Conviction, Wear/Carry/Transport Handgun in Vehicle, Illegal Possession of Ammunition, Cocaine Possession with Intent to Distribute, and Fentanyl Possession with Intent to Distribute. Barnes faces a maximum sentence of 69 years in prison. Barnes is scheduled to be sentenced on August 31, 2021.
Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Ruppersberger prosecuted this case.
On August 17, 2020 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Baltimore City Police Officers were on patrol in the 5000 block of Park Heights Avenue when they observed a Gold Infiniti G35X with extremely dark window tints driving erratically. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the car refused to pull over and instead accelerated, running multiple stop signs and driving around traffic. Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle in the rear of the 4500 block of Pimlico Road and observed Erin Barnes exiting the driver's side of the vehicle and fleeing on foot towards the 4600 block of Pall Mall Road. Officers gave chase and observed Barnes throw car keys on the roof of 4601 Pall Mall Road.
Officers were able to get onto the roof and recover the keys before responding back to the Gold Infiniti where a black satchel containing a loaded Polymer 80 containing one live round in the chamber and an additional 15 rounds in the magazine was recovered. Officers also recovered a clear plastic bag containing 13 vials containing cocaine, a clear bag containing 13 cones of fentanyl, and a white iPhone which was left in the cup holder of the vehicle. Barnes was then transported to the Northwest District where he later requested his cell phone - the white iPhone recovered from the cup holder of the gold Infiniti to close his Instagram account.
Barnes was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition at the time of the incident due to a prior handgun conviction in Baltimore City in 2012.
All evidence was submitted for certified testing. The number of drugs and the packaging indicated that Barnes intended to sell the drugs and they weren’t merely for personal use.
“The vigilance of these BPD officers, in collaboration with the prosecutorial talents of our ASA, are to credit for this incredibly successful conviction,” said State’s Attorney Mosby. “Those individuals carrying guns and distributing narcotics will meet swift and certain consequences from my office.”