Baltimore, Maryland – Anthony Renard Wynn, age 47, of Randallstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Andre Watson of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations; Colonel Woodrow Jones of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police; and Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, in connection with an investigation into drug trafficking and the laundering of drug proceeds through Maryland-based casinos, HSI investigators discovered that Wynn had placed into and cashed out in excess of one million dollars at those casinos from 2016 to 2017, although he only earned $30,000 in 2016.
HSI investigators were able to identify the places where Wynn received, transported, and stored drugs and other contraband. Specifically, Wynn received packages containing drugs from an animal hospital in Pikesville, Maryland and transported the drugs to the Southeast region of Washington, D.C. Wynn stored the drugs in a storage unit in Windsor Mill, his home in Randallstown, and in a Pikesville barbershop. Wynn also shipped several packages to a co-conspirator in California, one of which contained $244,040 in drug proceeds.
On June 9, 2017, an HSI investigator observed Wynn talking on a cell phone while driving and informed a Baltimore County patrol officer who conducted a traffic stop of Wynn’s vehicle. During that traffic stop, a Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer conducted a canine scan of Wynn’s vehicle and recovered a one-kilogram heroin brick and $11,620 in cash that was separated by rubber-banded bundles. The search of Wynn’s person incident to arrest revealed a digital scale and two $500 casino chips.
HSI investigators obtained search warrants for Wynn’s residence and storage unit and recovered approximately 1 kilogram of fentanyl, 3 kilograms of heroin, and an electronic money counter. Numerous gift cards totaling $5,575, $16,602 in cash that was bundled in small denominations, and an “owe sheet” were among the items that the HSI investigators recovered from Wynn’s residence.
Wynn faces a maximum sentence of life, in prison, with a minimum mandatory term of 10 years. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for July 16, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended HSI, MTA police, Baltimore County Police Department. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Samika N. Boyd and Christopher J. Romano who are prosecuting the case.