Four Members Of Heroin Distribution Ring Plead Guilty
Baltimore, Maryland – Reginald Jones, age 26, of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Co-defendant Jeffrey Michael Anderson, age 35, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. On October 20, 2014, co-defendants William Ulysses Robinson, age 38, of Grasonville, Maryland and Shawn Christopher Malley, age 25, of Crofton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy.
The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore; and Hagerstown Police Chief Mark Holtzman.
According to their plea agreements, beginning as early as September 2013, Anderson and Jones worked with Rahdel Sharbaan to obtain bulk quantities of heroin from sources in New York and transport that heroin to Maryland for further distribution. Anderson would either travel to New York himself, or have Sharbaan and Jones bring the heroin and cutting agent to him in Maryland via commercial bus. With Malley’s assistance, Anderson used stash locations to store and cut the heroin, including a storage unit in Gambrills, Maryland, and Malley’s home. Once diluted, Anderson sold the heroin in bulk to several Maryland-based dealers who in turn sold to other dealers and end users. Robinson obtained drugs from Anderson which he distributed in street-level quantities. Jones used the drug proceeds from Anderson to pay the source in New York.
On May 15, 2014, investigators executed search warrants, seizing: 40.1 grams of heroin, cutting agents, packaging materials and paraphernalia from the storage unit; 49 grams of heroin from Anderson’s vehicle; and $2,957, drugs, multiple cell phones and digital scales from Malley’s home.
Anderson admitted that he agreed to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin.
Jones faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for the conspiracy.
Anderson and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts his plea agreement, Anderson will be sentenced to 192 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
Malley and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts his plea agreement, Malley will be sentenced to either 96 or 60 months in prison, depending on whether he is found to be a career offender, followed by four years of supervised release.
Robinson and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts his plea agreement, Robinson will be sentenced to 72 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for Robinson and Malley on January 6 and 7, 2015; Anderson on January 30, 2015; and Jones on January 9, 2015.
Rahdel Sharbaan, age 31, of Bronx, New York, and Gary Barham, age 52, of Easton, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to the conspiracy. Barham is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. and Sharbaan on January 8, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised HSI-Baltimore, DEA, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Hagerstown Police Department for their work in the investigation and recognized the Maryland Natural Resources Police, St. Michael’s Police Department, Easton Police Department, Ocean City Police Department and Talbot County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth S. Clark, who is prosecuting the case.