Authorities claim a 37-year-old Maryland man was a "kingpin" in a large-scale, illicit drug trafficking network that allegedly distributed cocaine to buyers in both Baltimore and Hartford Counties. The man was arrested following an investigation conducted across several jurisdictions by Maryland law enforcement officers. The suspect faces serious firearm and drug charges.
Maryland state law imposes harsher penalties against those found guilty of being drug kingpins, defining such individuals as those who oversee particularly large drug distribution networks. Supervising the sale of over 448 grams of cocaine qualifies an individual as a kingpin. Police claim the defendant in this case sold an undercover police over 250 grams of the substance and possessed over 800 additional grams in a locked safe.
If convicted, the defendant would face between 20 and 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Following his arrest, officers transferred him to the Hartford County Detention Center, where he remains detained in lieu of $750,000 bail.
Investigators claim an undercover agent arranged to purchase a large volume of cocaine from the defendant after allegedly obtaining a warrant to monitor his phone and intercepting phone calls and text messages that implicated him. During the reported deal, the agent claims that the defendant began bragging about a hidden compartment in his vehicle he used to stash drugs, asserting the man then told him that his underlings had hidden two kilograms from police during a traffic stop.
Following the defendant's arrest, investigators obtained a warrant to search a home with which they claim the man was associated. Inside, they reportedly seized over 800 grams of cocaine, nearly $3,000 in cash and at least two firearms. The authorities then sent the cocaine to the Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposal.
The serious penalties facing those accused of drug crimes in Maryland make it crucial for such individuals to consult with a legal representative who can defend their rights.
Source: Havre de Grace Patch, "Havre de Grace Man Charged as Drug Kingpin" Elizabeth Janney, Oct. 11, 2013