Aberdeen crack dealer gets 15 years in federal pen

August 02, 2011|By AEGIS STAFF REPORT

A man with addresses in the Aberdeen area and The Bronx, N.Y. was sentenced Tuesday in Baltimore to 15 years in prison on federal drug charges.

U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Jarian Ricks, a/k/a "Bigga Bills," a/k/a "Biggs," 32, of Aberdeen, to 15 years in prison followed by nine years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to the Baltimore U.S. Attorney's Office, Legg enhanced Ricks' mandatory sentence upon finding that he has a prior drug conviction.

Previous news stories in The Aegis and court records indicate Ricks was involved in drug activity at several locations in and around Aberdeen and in New York City, and had allegedly trafficked in crack cocaine.

Members of the Harford County Task Force arrested him in March 2009, and his case was moved into the federal criminal justice system.

According to Biggs' plea agreement, law enforcement agents from the Harford County Task Force observed Ricks traveling to the same location in New York City every few days where he would purchase cocaine.

Ricks made 11 resupply trips from January to March 2009, each time purchasing 300 grams of powder cocaine, for a total of about 3.3 kilograms.

Ricks would return from New York City to Maryland late at night and visit three locations: 314 Stevens Circle, Apt. 1B, which is in Cranberry Run Apartments off of West Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen; 31 Roosevelt Ave., Apt. B2, in east Aberdeen; and 1410 Perrywood Court, Apt. 202, in Perrywood Gardens.

Ricks used these locations to store drugs and his drug profits, and to cook the cocaine into crack, according to the court records.

Law enforcement officers learned that Ricks would be making a resupply trip and returning on March 11, 2009.

Task force members arrested Ricks that evening as he returned from New York. Officers executed search warrants at the three locations and seized drug proceeds of $14,020 from a safe; items commonly used to package and store cocaine, and to manufacture crack cocaine; and a stolen, loaded semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, 80 grams of cutting agent used to increase the volume of powder cocaine, and ecstasy and Percoset pills from a second safe.

At the time of the arrest, Biggs gave police addresses in Cranberry Run and in the Bronx.

In a news release, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Harford County Task Force whose members include the Aberdeen Police Department, the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the Havre de Grace Police Department and the Harford County State's Attorney's Office, for their work in the Biggs investigation.

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