28-year-old Deandre Smith and 35-year-old Karron Wheeler of Baltimore have been sentenced to 12 years and 25 years respectively. The defendants were sentenced for conspiring to sell heroin and fentanyl. Deandre Smith was sentenced on September 13, 2018. Wheeler was sentenced on September 12, 2018. According to Smith’s plea agreement, he managed a large drug trafficking organization, which supplied fentanyl and heroin to distributors in Baltimore from at least July of 2015 through April 28, 2018.
Wheeler was one of his distributors. Smith also managed a drug trafficking operation centered around Pedestal Gardens. The apartment complex is located in the 300 block of McMechan Street in West Baltimore. The defendant maintained a stash house in Catonsville. He used the house to store drugs, process and package drugs for distribution. The drugs were then supplied to drug shops in Baltimore.
The plea agreement explains that a co-conspirator killed two individuals. One victim was killed in October of 2015 and another in August of 2016 to further the drug operations. The gang believed that one of the individuals was distributing drugs in their territory. It believed that another victim was robbing drug dealers in the area. A search warrant was carried out on the stash house on April 28, 2016. Smith and other conspirators were found inside of the residence. Officers also discovered large amounts of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.
Further details can be found here.