Silver Spring Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Charges Related to a Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Sean Wilson, age 46, of Randallstown, Maryland today to 11 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.
“The sentence today of Sean Wilson emphasizes the proactive work that the Drug Enforcement Administration and our law enforcement partners undertake every day to stop the flow of drugs from entering the Baltimore metropolitan area,” stated Gary Tuggle, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office. “This case was a multi-jurisdictional operation which targeted a large scale Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) with direct ties from Mexico to Baltimore. The tentacles of this DTO spread near and far. DEA’s investigation of this DTO was a long-term, highly complex effort that could not have been accomplished without the assistance of our local partners.”
According to his plea agreement, from at least September 2013 to June 30, 2014, Wilson conspired with Fred Brooks and others to distribute heroin in Baltimore. DEA investigators in New Orleans, Louisiana and Baltimore identified Wilson as a heroin distributor in Baltimore supplied by Brooks.
Wilson coordinated with Brooks to obtain heroin from a Mexican source of supply. Wislon distributed the heroin to co-conspirators in Maryland by way of Chicago, Illinois. The heroin arrived in the Chicago area in car batteries containing approximately four to five kilograms of heroin. Maryland-based members of the conspiracy traveled to the Chicago area to retrieve the heroin. Chicago-based members of the conspiracy traveled to Maryland to deliver the heroin and retrieve money for prior heroin deals. Some of these transactions were coordinated by Brooks and Wilson.
Law enforcement intercepted phone calls and text messages in which Wilson discussed payment for drugs and arranged drug transactions with co-conspirators. After learning that a money transaction would be occurring on June 30, 2014, law enforcement located a stash location in Pikesville, Maryland that was used by the conspirators. Investigators saw Wilson enter the stash location and leave a short time later. Later that day, law enforcement executed search warrants and seized 10 kilograms of heroin, a money counter, and $464,283 from the stash location; and $74,980 and a hydraulic press used to package heroin from Wilson’s residence
During the course of the conspiracy, Wilson was responsible for the distribution of at least 30 kilograms of heroin.
Fred Douglas Brooks, age 47, of Houston, Texas, is facing federal drug charges in New Orleans.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, Baltimore Police Department; Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Flagg, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned as part of the Baltimore initiative to combat violent crime, and Assistant U.S. Attorney A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.