A man whom federal prosecutors called the ringleader of a heroin distribution network that operated between New York and Maryland was sentenced to 11 years in prison Tuesday.
Jeffrey Michael Anderson, 35, of Upper Marlboro, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.
An investigation into Anderson began after a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop that led deputies to identify him as the ringleader of the group and Frederick County dealer.
During an investigation that included state and federal authorities, other defendants were identified through wiretap warrants and detectives linked heroin sold by the group to at least one overdose death in Washington County, the sheriff’s office said.
According to Anderson’s plea agreement, he and Reginald Jones worked with Rahdel Sharbaan to buy bulk quantities of heroin in New York and take them to Maryland for further distribution starting in 2013.
Anderson sold the heroin in bulk to several Maryland-based dealers, including co-defendants William Ulysses Robinson and Gary Barham on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Amanda Jo Palmer in Western Maryland, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As the investigation expanded, the Department of Homeland Security served 12 federal search warrants that led to the arrest of five Marylanders in May and New York residents later.
Through the warrants, authorities seized 40.1 grams of heroin, packaging materials and paraphernalia from a storage unit; 49 grams of heroin from Anderson’s vehicle; and $2,957 in cash, drugs, cellphones and digital scales from four vehicles and one home of the co-conspirators, the sheriff’s office said.
Four co-defendants from Maryland pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and have been sentenced. Barham, 52, of Easton, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Robinson, 39, of Grasonville, was sentenced to six years. Shawn Christopher Malley, 25, of Crofton, was sentenced to five years in prison. Palmer, 33, of Hagerstown, was sentenced to 29 months.
The New York defendants, Sharbaan, 32, and Jones, were sentenced to two years in prison, and a year and day in prison, respectively.