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Columbia, Maryland Drug Dealer Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Heroin and Meth Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
The Defendant Possessed More than a Kilogram of Narcotics, Including Fentanyl Methamphetamine Mixture and Heroin

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Scott Gregory Screen, age 56, of Columbia, Maryland to eight years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Chief Melissa R. Hyatt of the Baltimore County Police Department; Chief Lisa D. Myers of the Howard County Police Department and Colonel Kevin Anderson of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

According to his plea agreement, from May 2020 to February 23, 2021, Screen conspired with others to distribute heroin and possess with intent to distribute those drugs in Maryland and elsewhere.

As stated in his plea agreement, on February 8, 2021, law enforcement executed search warrants in multiple locations including Screen’s Columbia, Maryland apartment.  As a result of the search warrants, investigators located multiple bags of narcotics including 900 grams of a fentanyl methamphetamine mixture, 499 grams of a heroin and methamphetamine mixture, $18,000 in cash, and at least eight digital scales.

Investigators later located Screen in Georgia where he was arrested on February 23, 2021.  Prior to his arrest, Screen dropped a vehicle at a car dealership and told the employees that he was preparing to leave the area for a long time.  Additionally, after he heard of the raid on his apartment, Screen contacted the management company of his apartment complex and informed them that he was not returning and that his belongings should be thrown away. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron praised the DEA, the Baltimore County Police Department, the Howard County Police Department, and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary B. Stendig, who prosecuted the case.

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Alexis Abbott
(301) 344-4342

Updated February 23, 2022

Drug Trafficking