BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced that 11 suspected narcotics traffickers face federal indictments for conspiracy, drug distribution and firearms.
The men allegedly supplied Baltimore drug traffickers with fentanyl, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana.
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“All of these defendants are believed to be important players in the narcotics trade,” Interim US Attorney Jonathan Lenzner said. “Most of these defendants have sold significant amounts of illegal narcotics to other drug traffickers.”
The charges are the result of a 16-month investigation by the Baltimore Organized Crime Drugs Task Force. It is made up of law enforcement agencies from several federal, state and local agencies that work under one roof.
“They share intelligence and information and they make connections between cases that they would not have done in the past,” Lenzner said.
The indictment alleges that the men distributed the drugs directly to customers and wholesale to other drug dealers who, in turn, distributed the drugs in Baltimore.
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Officials said during the investigation they seized “enough fentanyl to kill over 200,000 people”, cocaine, $ 722,334 in cash and illegal firearms. Investigators executed 55 search warrants.
According to the indictment, investigators seized $ 549,460 in cash on April 29 from Avalon apartments in Little Italy.
Six of the men charged are from Baltimore, four from Baltimore County and one man from Washington, DC
- Rigby Dukes, 54, from Baltimore
- Kevin Fuller, 55, from Baltimore
- Jimmye Howard, 32, from Baltimore
- Thomas Jones, 52, from Baltimore
- Khyle Paige, 30, from Baltimore
- Fred Primus, 47, from DC
- Keith Smith, 39, of Gwynn Oak
- Phillip Washington, 53, of Windsor Mill
- Ronald White, 53, of Towson
- Eric Wilson, 50, of Owings Mills
Defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years or a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for conspiracy.
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Each defendant also faces a variety of other charges, including possession with intent to distribute, possession of firearms and other related charges.