3 Md. men face U.S. opi­oid charges

Sus­pects al­legedly con­spired to dis­trib­ute fen­tanyl pro­vided by Mex­i­can car­tel

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Lil­lian Reed lireed@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Lil­lianEReed

Three Mary­land men have been in­dicted in con­nec­tion with an al­leged con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute the pow­er­ful opi­oid fen­tanyl pro­vided by a Mex­i­can car­tel, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice said Thurs­day.

Nevone McCrim­mon, 47, of Edge­wood; William Eli­jah, 51, of Bal­ti­more; and Ter­rance Mob­ley, 50, of Bal­ti­more are charged with an al­leged con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute more than 400 grams of fen­tanyl.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials al­lege the men were high-rank­ing mem­bers of a Bal­ti­more-based drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion that im­ports and dis­trib­utes heroin, opi­oids and other drugs, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice said in a news re­lease.

Start­ing in fall 2017, of­fi­cials said, the men reg­u­larly pur­chased drugs by the kilo­gram from a Mi­ami-based drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, which had ties to Si­naloa and Ti­juana Mex­i­can drug car­tels, the re­lease states.

The drugs al­legedly were de­liv­ered by the car­tel to a con­tact in Ven­tura County, Calif., and then shipped to the men in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“Fen­tanyl is one of the most lethal threats fac­ing Mary­land right now. As lit­tle as two mil­ligrams of fen­tanyl can be a lethal dose, and the 20 kilo­grams of fen­tanyl seized in this case to date is enough to kill 10 mil­lion peo­ple — more than one and a half times the pop­u­la­tion of Mary­land,” Mary­land U.S. At­tor­ney Robert K. Hur said in the re­lease. “We are work­ing with our part­ners to at­tack the sources of sup­ply, as well as the street deal­ers who are com­mit­ting the most vi­o­lence in our neigh­bor­hoods.”

Fen­tanyl, which is about 50 times more pow­er­ful than heroin, is some­times mixed with heroin by deal­ers to give users a more po­tent high.

The syn­thetic opi­oid is blamed for the epi­demic of over­dose deaths na­tion­wide. Of Mary­land’s 1,185 opi­oid over­doses in the first half of 2018, more than three-quar­ters in­volved fen­tanyl.

Both McCrim­mon’s at­tor­ney, A. Ed­uardo Balarezo, and Mob­ley’s at­tor­ney, Julie Marie Reamy, de­clined to com­ment on the charges Thurs­day. Eli­jah’s at­tor­ney, Lawrence Rosen­berg, did not re­turn mes­sages re­quest­ing com­ment Thurs­day.

If con­victed, the men each face a manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence of 10 years in fed­eral prison and a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison, the re­lease states.

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