News Release
For Immediate Release
Date: July 16, 2012

Eastern Shore Cocaine Dealer Sentenced To 14 Years in Prison

July 16 (Baltimore ) - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Anthony Griffin, 30, of Mardela Springs, Maryland, today to 14 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. At today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Motz also found that Griffin was a career offender, based on two previous felony drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) -Washington Field Division; United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Wicomico County Sheriff Michael A. Lewis; and Chief Michael Phillips of the Fruitland Police Department of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force.

“Today's sentencing of Mr. Griffin closes his career as a narcotics trafficker operating on the Eastern Shore,” stated DEA, Special Agent in Charge, Ava Cooper-Davis. “Mr. Griffin begins a new chapter of his life now as a federal inmate. DEA along with our partners; the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force, along with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office arrested a DEA priority target,” stated Ava Cooper-Davis.

At his guilty plea on January 3, 2012, Griffin admitted that from November 2009 through January 2010, Griffin and other members of the conspiracy obtained cocaine from sources in Maryland, New York and New Jersey which they distributed. Some of the cocaine was sold in powder form and some was cooked into crack cocaine for sale. On January 29, 2010, during a search of a residence used by Griffin, law enforcement recovered a cellular telephone which had been used extensively by Griffin to facilitate his drug trafficking, and a small amount of powder cocaine.

During the search of another residence used by the conspirators, law enforcement recovered cocaine and crack cocaine residue, cutting agents and items used to manufacture crack cocaine. Griffin admitted that during his participation in the conspiracy between five and fifteen kilograms of cocaine were distributed.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force and Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter M. Nothstein and Philip S. Jackson and Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Celeste, a cross designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to drug cases, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.