Couple of drug traffickers plead guilty to federal drug trafficking and assault charges against federal agent
A 9-month-old child and several adults overdosed on fentanyl and heroin distributed by the couple.
Greenbelt, MD (STL.News) Alicia Marie Walls, 28, of Bowie, Maryland; and Andrew Joseph Trimmer, 32, of Bowie, Md., pleaded guilty on October 4, 2021 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances . Trimmer also pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal agent.
The guilty pleas were announced by the Acting United States Attorney General for the District of Maryland, Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division (DEA); and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George County Police Department (PGPD).
According to their guilty pleas, between May 2018 and September 2020, Walls and Trimmer conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intention of distributing heroin and fentanyl.
Specifically, on May 28, 2018, in Bowie, Md., Trimmer sold fentanyl to Victim A. During the narcotics transaction, Victim A and Victim A’s friends ingested the heroin that was distributed. by Trimmer. Shortly after ingestion, Victim A overdosed and lost consciousness. After receiving resuscitation treatment, Victim A survived the overdose, which resulted in serious bodily injury.
Prior to the May 28, 2018 overdose, Trimmer dispensed at least one gram of heroin and fentanyl to Victim A approximately twice a week for two years. Trimmer and Walls had many narcotics customers in the Bowie area, including two other victims, Victim B and Victim C. In partnership, Walls and Trimmer distributed at least 240 grams of heroin / fentanyl to Victims B and Victim C.
Occasionally, Trimmer and Walls would sell drugs in the presence of their minor child under three.
On July 16, 2019, while caring for a minor child, Walls ingested narcotics and fell asleep. While sleeping, the nine-month-old obtained narcotics from Wall’s belongings, ingested the narcotics, and subsequently overdosed. Walls and Trimmer transported the child to a nearby hospital where healthcare workers resuscitated the child. After receiving additional life-saving measures, the child survived.
Following the child’s overdose, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant in Walls and Trimmer’s hotel room on September 25, 2020. As the officers announced themselves- same, Trimmer shouted “Alicia!” I’m not going back! and tried to escape on foot. After ignoring law enforcement orders to stop, Agent A attempted to physically prevent Trimmer from escaping. Trimmer then grabbed the officer’s body armor and began to physically assault Officer A. Eventually, Trimmer was apprehended. Officer A sustained a meniscus tear as a result of the assault.
After searching Trimmer’s person, law enforcement recovered approximately 30 grams of fentanyl, two cell phones and $ 1,143 from Trimmer’s jacket. Trimmer and Walls agreed that the $ 1,143 recovered was the proceeds from the sale of narcotics. Subsequent lab results confirmed that the narcotics in Trimmer’s jacket were fentanyl mixed with diphenhydramine and etizolam. Officers seized four digital scales, plastic sandwich bags and razor blades from Trimmer’s car. Officers also seized numerous luxury items, including a Louis Vuitton Josh backpack, a 14k yellow gold cross pendant and chain with diamonds for men, a 14k rose gold cross pendant with diamonds for women, a Louis Vuitton floral hobo handbag, a Louis Vuitton NeoNoe Azur handbag and a 2015 Audi A-4 Berline bag.
As stated in their plea agreements, after Trimmer’s arrest on September 25, 2020, Walls continued to sell heroin and fentanyl in southern Maryland. In October 2020, two narcotics clients, Victim B and Victim C obtained fentanyl and heroin from Walls and then overdosed on the narcotics. Both victims were treated for advanced life-saving assistance and ultimately survived.
Walls was arrested on February 4, 2021. During her arrest, officers recovered approximately $ 16,024 in drug products. The drug proceeds were funds that had previously been buried in the woods. In total, Walls and Trimmer agreed that it was reasonably foreseeable that the plot would distribute at least 240 grams of heroin / fentanyl.
Walls and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea deal, Walls will be sentenced to between 71 and 87 months in federal prison. US District Judge Paul W. Grimm has set the sentence for January 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Trimmer and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea deal, Trimmer will be sentenced to between 114 months and 132 months in federal prison. US District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Trimmer on November 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended the DEA and PGPD for their work in the investigation. Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant US Attorney Erin B. Pulice, who is pursuing the case.
SOURCE: USDOJ. Today