Eight were charged in a conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs, heroin and cocaine around the Baltimore area. The rest of the defendants were charged in conspiracies to commit armed home invasions and residential & commercial burglaries.
The indictments were returned on Tuesday and unsealed in court on Thursday upon the arrests of the defendants and execution of various search and seizure warrants at 21 locations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
“This is another example of the extraordinary work being done by our federal, state, and local partners to reduce crime in Baltimore,” said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. “We are sending a message. If you bring drugs, weapons or violence to Baltimore, every tool available will be used to bring you to justice.”
The indictment seeks the forfeiture of at least $2 million, four properties and seven vehicles.
The 16 defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.