Member of Baltimore Heroin Distribution Organization Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison
BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Antoine Wiggins, age 39, of Baltimore, to 126 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Hollander also ordered Wiggins to forfeit a total of $141,901 in cash, a Rolex watch, diamond necklace, a boat and a vehicle, seized during the investigation.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to court documents and information presented at his plea hearing, as part of an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that operated primarily in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Wiggins was intercepted in telephone calls and other recordings arranging heroin transactions, and was also captured on surveillance video. Wiggins leased an apartment in the 1600 block of Whetstone Way in Baltimore, which was used by the organization as a transit point for couriers who were transporting heroin. Law enforcement executed search warrants at Wiggins’ residence, as well as the Whetstone Way apartment, and recovered more than $132,000 in cash, heroin, money counters and other items.
Over the course of the conspiracy Wiggins was responsible for the distribution of between one and three kilograms of heroin.
A total of 12 defendants, including Wiggins, Anthony Miles, a/k/a “Bigs,” and “Fat Boy,” age 31, Enzo Blanks, a/k/a “Zo,” age 30, and Marlow Bates, a/k/a “Low,” age 33, all from Baltimore, have been convicted for the heroin distribution conspiracy. Miles, Blanks and Bates were also sentenced to 10 years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Romano and Seema Mittal, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.