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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Elkton Drug Dealer Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

Member of Heroin Organization that Operated in Cecil County, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York; Also a Member of a Cocaine Organization That Operated in Delaware and Elsewhere

Baltimore, Maryland – District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Rachine Huron Garnett, a/k/a “Sheen,” “Red,” “Ray,” and “Blockhead,” age 38, of Elkton, Maryland today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin, and cocaine, in connection with two drug distribution rings.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Special Agent in Charge David G. Dongilli, Philadelphia Division of the DEA; Cecil County Sheriff Barry A. Janney, Sr.; Chief Matthew Donnelly of the Elkton Police Department; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Cecil County State’s Attorney Ellis Rollins; and Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr. of the Delaware State Police.

According to his plea agreement, since at least December 2012, Garnett obtained bulk quantities of heroin from co-defendant Luis Lugo-Santiago and his associates for re-distribution to associates and customers in Maryland. Garnett would meet with a courier in Philadelphia where he would obtain a new supply of heroin. Garnett and associates had vehicles with hidden compartments where they could store either heroin or money. Often to exchange drugs, money or both, they would simply switch vehicles when they met. Over the course of a seven month wiretap, investigators identified 59 money deliveries from Garnett totaling $1,668,510, for the purchase of approximately 8.98 kilograms of heroin.

On August 15, 2013, investigators arrested Garnett and executed search warrants at his residence, and on a Honda Odyssey that Garnett had been using to transport narcotics and proceeds. Officers recovered $31,700 from the residence, $18,430 from a hidden compartment in the vehicle and $5,649 from Garnett.

Garnett also admitted that from at least February 6, 2013 until March 14, 2013, he obtained at least 924 grams of cocaine from other supply sources, which he re-distributed to customers in Delaware and elsewhere.

Seven defendants, including Garnett and Lugo-Santiago, have pleaded guilty to their participation in the heroin conspiracy. Judge Blake sentenced Abel Nunez-Reyes, age 30, of Philadelphia yesterday to two years in prison. Barry Jenkins, Jr., age 24, of Elkton, is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow. Luis Lugo-Santiago, a/k/a “Papi,” and “Andres Galvez,” age 39, of New York, New York is scheduled to be sentenced on September 24, 2014.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, Cecil County Drug Task Force, and Delaware State Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein also recognized the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the District of Delaware, Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York and the New York Police Department for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Kenneth S. Clark and James G. Warwick, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Updated January 26, 2015