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Owings Mills Man Convicted for a Drug Conspiracy and Illegal Possession of a Gun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Jamaican national, Lyndon Fascisco Miller, age 50, of Owings Mills, Maryland, late yesterday, on charges of conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, and three counts of distribution of heroin. Miller was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; the members of the Harford County Task Force, Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Chief Henry Trabert of the Aberdeen Police Department; Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola; Chief Teresa Walter of the Havre de Grace Police Department; and Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office.

The evidence presented at Miller’s one week trial was based on, among other things, wiretaps on multiple cell phones used by Miller, none of which were in Miller’s name. Several of the intercepted calls were in Patois, a Jamaican dialect. Witnesses testified that Miller would routinely travel in rental cars, changing them frequently, to distribute narcotics to customers in Harford County, where he falsely claimed his name was “Charlie” and that he lived in Cecil County. Miller was video-taped engaging in drug transactions, including the sale of heroin to an undercover task force officer. Miller was arrested on June 22, 2013, after returning from meeting his source of supply for the heroin and cocaine in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

A search warrant was executed at Miller’s residence, where law enforcement seized heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, along with the loaded handgun. Law enforcement also seized almost ½ kilo of heroin from the rental vehicle Miller had been driving, and from another vehicle associated with Miller that was parked at Miller’s apartment complex law enforcement recovered more than $70,000 in cash, which had been bundled with rubber bands, a common practice by narcotics traffickers.

Miller faces a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison at his sentencing. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis has scheduled sentencing for March 2, 2015.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Harford County Task Force and DEA, for their work in the investigation, and recognized DEA Harrisburg, and the Baltimore County Police Department for their assistance, as well as a police officer with the University of Maryland Police Department, who spoke Patois. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who is prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Updated January 27, 2015