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Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Anthony Miles, a/k/a “Bigs,” and “Fat Boy,” age 30, of Baltimore, late on March 20, 2015, to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, as part of an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that operated primarily in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Miles was intercepted in text messages, telephone calls and other recordings arranging heroin transactions. On numerous occasions a cooperating witness drove Miles to locations in the Baltimore area to meet co-conspirators. At the meetings, Miles delivered heroin to the co-conspirators and collected payment for the drugs. For example on February 15, 2013, after delivering heroin to at least three co-conspirators and collecting money, Miles reportedly raised up a large stack of cash, holding it with both hands, and screamed that he just made $20,000 in an hour.
Over the course of the conspiracy Miles was responsible for the distribution of more than one kilogram of heroin. Miles’ participation in the heroin conspiracy violated the conditions of his supervised release for a previous federal drug conviction.
A total of 12 defendants, including Miles, Enzo Blanks, a/k/a “Zo,” age 29, and Marlow Bates, a/k/a “Low,” age 33, both of Baltimore, have been convicted for the heroin distribution conspiracy. Blanks and Bates were also sentenced to 10 years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Romano and Seema Mittal, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.