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US Attorney Obtains Plea For Distribution Of Heroin

March 28th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Alexander E. Agniadis, age 28, of Westminster, Maryland pleaded guilty today to distribution of heroin.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Chief Jeffrey Spaulding of the Westminster Police Department; Carroll County Sheriff James DeWees; and Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo.

According to Agniadis’ plea agreement, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on December 28, 2014, Agniadis distributed heroin to an individual in the vicinity of Medinah Circle in Westminster.  Text messages show that the individual contacted Agniadis to obtain heroin.  According to witnesses Agniadis and the individual met at about 3:30 p.m., and Agniadis gave the individual a small amount of heroin.  The individual was not in contact with his family or anyone else after that time and his phone reflects only unanswered calls and incoming texts from that time forward. The individual was found dead on January 5, 2015.  The Medical Examiner determined that the victim died of heroin intoxication.

As part of the investigation, in early January 2015, heroin was purchased from Agniadis.  On January 14, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Agniadis’ residence and law enforcement recovered 14 individually wrapped glassine bags containing heroin, and additional bags with heroin residue.

Agniadis and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Agniadis will be sentenced to between four and six years in prison.  As part of his plea agreement, Agniadis will also be required to pay restitution of $6,200 to the victim’s family for the cost of his funeral and final arrangements.  U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for June 24, 2016 at 11 a.m. 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA and the Carroll County Drug Task Force comprised of the Maryland State Police, Westminster Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, for their work in the investigation and prosecution.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Smith, who is prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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