BALTIMORE — A Maryland man was sentenced in federal court Monday for his role in a heroin distribution conspiracy. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in cooperation with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Hagerstown Police Department.
Gary Barham, 52, of Easton, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.
According to his plea agreement, since early 2014, Barham conspired with Jeffrey Anderson and others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin. During the course of the conspiracy, Barham obtained bulk quantities of heroin from Jeffrey Anderson, which he then re-distributed in and around the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
During the investigation, law enforcement obtained a wiretap on phone lines used by Anderson. Barham was overheard by law enforcement on numerous calls discussing heroin sales with Anderson. On April 2, 2014, law enforcement overheard Barham and Anderson discuss meeting at a restaurant in Bowie, Maryland, so that Barham could obtain a supply of heroin. Law enforcement then saw Barham and Anderson meet at the restaurant to conduct the drug transaction. Over the course of the conspiracy, Barham distributed at least 100 grams of heroin.
Jeffrey Marvin Anderson, 35, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Anderson and the government have agreed that if the court accepts his plea agreement, Anderson will be sentenced to 192 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for Anderson for Jan. 30, 2015.
Codefendants Rahdel Sharbaan, 41 and Reginald Jones, 26, both of the Bronx, New York; Shawn Christopher Malley, 25, of Crofton, Maryland; Amanda Jo Palmer, 32, of Hagerstown, Maryland; and William Ulysses Robinson, 38, of Grasonville, Maryland, have all pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy.
Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for Robinson for Jan. 6, 2015, Malley on Jan. 7, 2015, Sharbaan on Jan. 8, 2015, for Jones on Jan. 9, 2015, and for Palmer on Jan. 21, 2015.