Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 4/3/15

A Baltimore City jury found Kenneth Rush, 21, guilty of attempting to distribute heroin and possession of heroin Thursday afternoon.

Assistant State’s Attorney Portia Wood tried the case. “This was my first jury trial, so I am extremely pleased with the outcome,” said Wood.

On December 21, 2014 an officer observed Rush retrieve a clear plastic bag from the pocket of his right jacket which contained several small items of suspected heroin. Rush inspected the contents of the bag and then put it back in his jacket. Rush was then met by Brandon Payton, whom Rush handed the bag. The officer observing the transaction immediately notified the arrest team. When the officers approached the defendants, Payton fled on foot, but was caught a short distance later. Both men were placed under arrest.

Payton plead guilty to the aforesaid possession charges in February and was sentenced to two years incarceration. Yesterday, Rush was sentenced to 15 years with all but 8 years suspended and 3 years probation. Rush will serve his sentence at Patuxent’s Youth Offenders Program, which was designed for younger offenders to rehabilitate them in hopes that they will become successful members of society upon release.

“Drug distribution is a dangerous game in our city, but I am hopeful that Rush’s participation in the Youthful Offenders program will set him on the right path,” said Wood.

“I am extremely proud of the work, passion and level of commitment of each of my prosecutors but it is encouraging to know that my junior Assistants are setting an example of my vision for this office and pursuing outcomes that will truly make a difference within our communities,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.