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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Prince George’s County Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Olden Minnick, a/k/a “O,” age 55, of Clinton, Maryland, on March 21, 2017, to 14 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on charges connected to a conspiracy to distribute heroin. Judge Chuang also ordered Minnick to forfeit $571,640, including high-end watches and jewelry.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Washington Field Office; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department.

 

According to the evidence presented at Minnick’s four-week trial, from June 2012 to December 3, 2014, Minnick conspired with Terrance Stanback, Sean Wilson, Christian Byrd, and others to distribute heroin. From at least June 1, 2014 to December 3, 2014, Minnick used residences in Clinton, Maryland and Capitol Heights, Maryland, for the distribution and storage of heroin and other controlled substances. Over the course of the conspiracy Minnick used cellular telephones to arrange for the distribution of heroin and was intercepted on several occasions in 2014 arranging to provide distribution quantities of heroin to Stanback and others.

 

Terrance Stanback, age 52, of Clinton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 30 months in prison, and ordered to forfeit $53,000 recovered during a search of his residence. Sean Wilson, age 46, of Randallstown, Maryland previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin and was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. Christian Byrd, age 45, of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Judge Chuang also ordered Byrd to forfeit $440,000, as the proceeds of his drug distribution.

 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, FBI, and the Prince Georges County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City Police Departments for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Thomas P. Windom, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 22, 2017