Baltimore Fentanyl Dealer Admits to Selling Narcotics to Customers Across Four States
Defendant Possessed 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol, approximately 68 Grams of Fentanyl, approximately 41 Grams of A Heroin/Tramadol Mixture, and approximately 383 Grams of Other Drugs
Baltimore, Md., – Devin Cunningham, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
The guilty plea was announced by Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Division; United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Acting Special Agent in Charge L.C. Cheeks, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.
According to his guilty plea, Cunningham engaged in a years’ long conspiracy to sell and distribute narcotics including fentanyl, heroin, and other controlled substances in Baltimore, Maryland. During the existence of the conspiracy, which spanned from January 2017 to December 2020, scores of customers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia traveled to the Forest Park area of Baltimore, where they would purchase between a half of a gram and several grams of fentanyl or heroin and other controlled substances from Cunningham and his associates.
From June 2018 to October 2018, law enforcement conducted numerous controlled narcotics purchases from Cunningham and his co-conspirators. In four of the controlled purchases, Cunningham either distributed or participated in the distribution of narcotics, including fentanyl, to a confidential informant. For example, on July 24, 2018, Cunningham and an accomplice sold less than two grams of a mixture containing fentanyl and heroin to a confidential informant for $200.
As stated in his plea agreement, Cunningham continued to sell heroin and fentanyl until his arrest on December 10, 2020. During his arrest, agents seized a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, four cell phones, and approximately several thousand dollars cash. Law enforcement also executed a search warrant on the vehicle that Cunningham operated. As a result of the executed search warrant, law enforcement recovered drug packaging and labeling materials, digital scales, approximately 68 grams of fentanyl, approximately 41 grams of a heroin/tramadol mixture, and approximately 383 grams of other drugs.
Cunningham and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Cunningham will be sentenced to between six and ten years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for June 22, 2022, at 11 a.m.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.
SAC Forget commended the ATF, FBI, and the U.S. Attorney's Office fro Maryland for their work in the investigation.