Drug Kingpin Charges
Drug Kingpin charges are defined under Maryland State Code Section 5-613. A Drug Kingpin means an organizer, supervisor, financier, or manager who acts as a coconspirator in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, dispense, transport in, or bring into the State a controlled dangerous substance. Drug Kingpin charges are brought against defendants that are alleged to be in the higher ranks of a drug conspiracy. A Drug Kingpin is usually an authority figure over other lower ranked drug dealers. Another example of when Drug Kingpin charges might be sought by the State is when the State believes they can prove that the defendant was acting as a co-conspirator in a conspiracy to manufacture or transport a large amount of drugs into the state.
Penalties for Drug Kingpin Charges
If you are charged with conspiring to manufacture, distribute, dispense, transport in, or bring into the State a controlled dangerous substance in an amount listed in Maryland State Code Section 5-612 then you will face a felony Drug Kingpin charge and upon conviction you will be subject to imprisonment for not less than 20 years and not exceeding 40 years without the possibility of parole or a fine not exceeding $1,000,000 or both.
What you should do next:
Anyone facing a Drug Kingpin charge should contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Caroline Norman Frost is a former prosecutor that has the experience you need to navigate these charges and prepare a defense. Reach her at 240-213-1802.