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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Frederick County Man Indicted For Distribution Of Controlled Substances Resulting In Death


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact ELIZABETH MORSE                                                   at (410) 209-4885


Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Michael Lee King, age 31, of Mt. Airy, Maryland, on the charge of Distribution of a Controlled Substance with Death Resulting.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Assistant Special Agent Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Baltimore; Chief Henry P. Stawinski III of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Chief Edward G. Hargis of the Frederick County Police Department; and Sheriff James T. DeWees of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the indictment, on November 5, 2017, King distributed controlled substances containing heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine to an individual, which resulted in an overdose death in Frederick County, Maryland.

King faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison with a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty.  King had his initial appearance in front of United States Magistrate Judge Thomas M. DiGirolamo in District Court in Greenbelt on May 14, 2018.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the FBI, the DEA, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Frederick County Police Department, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly O. Hayes, who is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 15, 2018