Description: Baltimore, MD - United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Glen Kyle Wells, a/k/a Lou, and Kyle, age 31, of Baltimore to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin relating to a drug trafficking organization in North Baltimore.
The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson of the FBI, Baltimore Field Office; Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office; and Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to evidence presented at trial, from 2010 until the dates of their arrests, Wells and his co-conspirators distributed multiple kilograms of heroin to customers throughout the Baltimore area. Members of the conspiracy, known to law enforcement as the Shropshire Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), distributed narcotics in Northern Baltimore, primarily near the Alameda Shopping Center. The Shropshire DTO distribution of heroin caused overdoses, including fatal overdoses. For example, on December 27, 2011, J.L. died as a result of the use of narcotics that were distributed by the DTO.
The evidence presented at trial showed that Wells received protection from corrupt former detective Momodu Gondo. Gondo provided information about the location of law enforcement so that Wells could avoid being targeted by the police and could continue his drug distribution.
Additional evidence presented at trial showed that Wells, Gondo, and former detective Jemell Rayam committed an armed home invasion of a rival drug dealer of the Shropshire DTO. Wells and Rayam entered the drug dealer’s residence and a woman was inside the residence. Rayam pointed a gun at the woman and demanded money. Wells and Rayam stole 800 grams of heroin, a firearm, a watch, and $12,000 in cash. Wells sold the gun and heroin. Wells, Rayam, and Gondo split cash proceeds from the items that were taken during the armed home invasion.
Fourteen former heroin customers of the defendants testified at trial, many of whom became addicted to heroin after having been prescribed or taken prescription opioids, including a customer who suffered from multiple sclerosis, a customer who had injured herself in a high school gymnastics accident, and a customer who was prescribed opioid painkillers after surgery. Together, these customers purchased more than 17 kilograms of heroin from the defendants over the course of the seven-year conspiracy.
Co-defendant Antonio Shropshire, a/k/a Brill, B, and Tony, age 34, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Omari Thomas, a/k/a Lil’ Bril, Lil B, and Chewy, age 25, of Middle River, Maryland, has been sentenced to 6 years in prison. Alexander Campbell, a/k/a Munch, age 29, of Baltimore has been sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. Antoine Washington, a/k/a Twan, age 27, of Baltimore was also convicted at trial and awaits sentencing.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the DEA, FBI, Harford County Sherriff’s Office and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leo J. Wise and Derek E. Hines, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.