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Hagerstown Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
Distributed Heroin to a Victim Resulting in her Death

Baltimore, Maryland – Cory Allen Kline, age 32, of Hagerstown, Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute 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; Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore; and Acting Hagerstown Police Chief Paul Kifer.

According to Kline’s plea agreement, early on April 13, 2015 Kline and a co-defendant went to a residence in Hagerstown, Maryland with a 19-year old woman from Clear Spring, Maryland. The woman was a recovering heroin addict who had recently been released from jail. While at the residence, Kline and his co-defendant agreed to provide heroin to the woman. After injecting the heroin, the woman became very high. Kline left the residence sometime before 6:00 a.m. The woman left the residence in her car at about 6:15a.m. and spoke to another individual on her cell phone from that time until approximately 7:06 a.m. on April 13. According to this individual, the victim stated she was very high and did not feel right, and the individual could hear the victim throwing up. The victim reported driving to a convenience store parking lot, and then to a nearby church. Toward the end of the call, the victim began nodding off and then stopped speaking.  The victim’s body was discovered the following day in her car in a church parking lot in Hagerstown. The medical examiner reported that the cause of death was heroin intoxication. There were no drugs or drug paraphernalia found inside the vehicle, nor does the victim’s cell phone reflect any completed calls or outgoing messages after 7:06 a.m. on April 13.  Kline admitted that his distribution of heroin resulted in the victim’s death.

Kline faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for April 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christina Hoffman and Robert R. Harding, who are prosecuting the case.

Updated January 12, 2016

Drug Trafficking