Baltimore drug dealer pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges related to fentanyl death | USAO-MD
Baltimore, Md. – Khalil Shaheed, 28, of Baltimore, Md., Pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of firearms in drug trafficking and possession of a gun. fire by a criminal.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division; Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrison; and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler; Carroll County Sheriff James DeWees.
According to his guilty plea, after the investigation of a fatal overdose victim in Harford County, Md., Investigators examined the victim’s cell phone activity and noted that the victim had purchased heroin from a contact labeled “T” on at least seven occasions. The last date the victim bought heroin from “T” was October 14, 2017, three days before the victim’s death. In the last conversation, “T” asked the victim to meet them in the washroom of a grocery store in Baltimore, Maryland.
Following an investigation into the overdose, investigators began to exercise physical surveillance on Shaheed. On November 9, 2017, investigators saw Shaheed leave his residence in Baltimore, Maryland, and go to a gas station. Before parking the vehicle, Shaheed walked around the parking lot, stopped at a gas pump, and then parked directly in front of the gas station store. When parked, Shaheed would stand in front of his vehicle, stand next to his car while appearing to be looking for someone. A few minutes later, Shaheed entered the gas station and went straight to the bathroom as a detective followed him. As the detective entered the bathroom, Shaheed quickly walked out of the bathroom with another male subject. Shaheed walked out of the store without making any purchases.
Believing that drug trafficking had just occurred, the police obtained a court order to install a GPS device on Shaheed’s vehicle.
As stated in his plea agreement, on November 16, 2017, investigators executed a search warrant on Shaheed’s residence and vehicle. As a result of the search warrants, officers discovered a .9mm handgun, packaged cocaine and heroin for distribution in his vehicle. In his residence, officers found a .25 caliber handgun, $ 12,452.36 in cash, ammunition and additional medication. In total, law enforcement seized approximately 82 grams of cocaine, 55 grams of heroin and 7 grams of fentanyl. In addition, officers seized Shaheed’s cell phone which indicated that his phone number was the same as the contact registered as âTâ in the victim’s cell phone.
On November 6, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Shaheed with charges relating to distributing fentanyl to the deceased victim, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances in November 2017, and possession of firearms. . An arrest warrant has been issued on the basis of these charges.
On November 20, 2019, federal investigators located Shaheed at his last residence and observed activity indicating drug trafficking in plain sight. Shaheed was arrested as officers executed a search warrant that resulted in the discovery of six bags of cocaine and a .25 caliber handgun.
Shaheed and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea deal, Shaheed will be sentenced to between eight and twelve years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of firearms in connection with drug trafficking and possession of a firearm by a criminal. United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake has set the sentencing hearing for March 18, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Safe Neighborhoods Project (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for sustainable crime reduction.
Mr Barron commended the DEA, the Baltimore County Police Department, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the office of the Baltimore City Attorney for their work in the investigation. Mr Barron thanked Assistant US Attorney Kim Oldham and Special Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey M. Hann, an Assistant State Attorney for Baltimore City, who are pursuing this case.
For more information on the Maryland US Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-neighbourhoods-psnexile and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.
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