An 8-month investigation into a Maryland drug ring has resulted in the arrests of 21 individuals who were allegedly involved. According to a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, nearly 2 kilograms of fentanyl were seized, along with varying amounts of cocaine and heroin, and more than 8 kilograms of xylazine, an animal tranquilizer that is cut with heroin.
There have allegedly been up to 7 overdoses in connection with the suspected drug ring, including at least one xylazine overdose that occurred within the previous month. One 47-year-old man, who is purported to be the alleged leader of the drug ring, has been charged for offenses that occurred between the months of April and October.
If others are found to be in connection with the drug ring, they could find themselves facing criminal charges, such as drug possession with the intent to distribute. If convicted of such drug-related offenses, it could result in fines up to several thousand dollars as well as up to 20 years of time in prison. This could have a negative effect on other areas of life as well, such as in trying to find employment.
If a person in a similar situation is facing charges, it would be beneficial to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer may be able to help form a strong defense. They may also be able to negotiate with prosecutors for a plea deal, which involves pleading guilty in exchange for reduced or dropped charges. This could lead to less severe sentences. It could also potentially involve giving police more information on the organization or drug ring in exchange for lesser sentencing.
Source: WTOP, “21 arrested in Maryland drug ring linked to overdoses”, 10/31/2018