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Department of Justice
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District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 9, 2016

Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin

Defendant Supplied Heroin Resulting in a Fatal Overdose

Baltimore, Maryland – Lamar Vinson Kaintuck, age 28, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to distribution of heroin.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans; Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh.

According to his plea agreement, on September 26, 2015, members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a fatal heroin overdose. Investigation of the death determined that the victim had obtained communicated with “Chris,” concerning purchasing heroin prior to his fatal overdose.  Investigators reviewed cell site information which indicated that the victim and “Chris” met up just prior to the victim’s overdose and death.  The phone for “Chris” was linked to Lamar Vinson Kaintuck by a confidential source who also identified him by photo array. 

Kaintuck was arrested on May 16, 2016, and law enforcement recovered a cell phone during a search of Kaintuck.  The cell phone was assigned the same number used by the heroin overdose victim to purchase heroin.  A search of the cell phone revealed numerous drug related messages.  Kaintuck admits that he supplied the victim with heroin just prior to the victim’s fatal overdose.

Kaintuck and the government have agreed to recommend that Kaintuck be sentenced to between five and 12 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  The Court is under no obligation to accept this recommendation and will make the final decision as to the appropriate sentence.  U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar has scheduled sentencing for March 21, 2017.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore County Police Department, and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Keri L. Borzilleri, on detail from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, who is prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 9, 2016