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Federal agents infiltrate a Clinton drug ring, make 5 arrests

A 47-year-old King George county man and four others who are believed to have placed an integral role in a Clinton, Maryland drug ring, were taken into custody by federal agents late last month. He and his accomplices have since been booked in jail on possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances charges.

In a press release issued by the U.S. Attorneys Office in Maryland, they outline how law enforcement officers took the King George county man and his four accomplices into custody on or before August 21 on charges related to the sale of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin in both Charles and Prince Georges counties.

The indictment filed in the case outlines how undercover narcotics officers witnessed the King George man and his drug ring's kingpin do business with each other on various occasions. It also outlines how federal agents' confidential informants then purchased drugs off the man.

In court filings, they refer to the King George County man as having the role of a runner. They allege that transported drugs between his supplier in Charles County to his customers in King George County via the U.S. 301 corridor.

Unsealed filings in the case also reveal how police seized stashes of drugs and weapons connected to the defendant during the week before their arrest.

Those same court records also outline what led to the launch of their undercover investigation. Police were able to link the Jan. 7 death of a fentanyl buyer to drugs purchased off of the King George's man's kingpin. It doesn't appear that any homicide charges stemming from this incident have been filed yet.

Federal drug charges are often filed when a drug distribution operations span more than one state as is the case with this operation in northern Virginia and southern Maryland. Virtually every federal case starts with grand jury proceedings before an indictment is brought down. This means that U.S. Attorneys are fairly confident that they can secure a conviction before an arrest is ever made.

If you've been charged with a drug offense, then you should consult with a federal crimes attorney. They can advise you of your rights, something that may be particularly important given how the odds may seem to be stacked against you.

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