Maryland’s Drug Kingpin Statute

The drug laws in Maryland are hard on high-level, organized drug dealers and distributors. Unlike defendants in many states, defendants facing drug trafficking and drug distribution charges in Maryland face enhanced criminal penalties if they are deemed to be drug “kingpins”.

Kingpins are defined under Maryland’s drug statute as people who:

  • Are involved in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, dispense, bring into, or transport certain drugs into the state;
  • Are deemed an organizer, supervisor, financier or manager of that conspiracy; and
  • Conspiracies involve an agreement between two (or more) persons to carry out an unlawful purpose.

A “drug kingpin” is an organizer, supervisor, financier, or manager who acts as a co-conspirator in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, dispense, transport in, or bring into the State a CDS.

A drug kingpin who conspires to do one of these activities regarding specified amounts of CDS, including 448 grams or more of cocaine or 50 grams or more of cocaine base/”crack,” must receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and is subject to imprisonment for up to 40 years without the possibility of parole and/or a fine of $1.0 million.

The statute defines the terms “organizer”, “supervisor”, “financier” and “manager” to include those who take on a leadership role in a conspiracy.

Law enforcement agencies at both the state and federal level use wire-tap tools to help prove a “liner” drug conspiracy between the Defendants. Defendants are typically caught in a situation where they were not really involved in a conspiracy but appear to be based upon the “contacts’ involved. Police also typically use ” CI” (confidential Informants) to prosecute.

It is important that a criminal defense attorney defends you against drug crimes during the earliest stage of the investigation. We understand how the agencies or police work when investigating these kinds of charges.


Attorney for the Drug Kingpin Statute in Baltimore, Maryland

If you face drug kingpin or drug conspiracy charges in Maryland, contact, the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. My credentials and casework experience include:

  • Thousands of criminal cases handled since 1992
  • Dozens of drug kingpin/drug conspiracy cases handled since the kingpin laws were enacted approximately 10 years ago

For experienced and effective drug crimes defense in Maryland, contact a lawyer with 18 years of experience. Call 443-709-9999 today.

As an experienced defender of alleged drug dealers/kingpins, I am highly familiar with successful defense tactics. For instance, I ask:

  • Whether you really qualify as an organizer, supervisor, financier or manager, and/or were you really involved in a conspiracy?
  • Does the amount of drugs meet legal criteria to be classified as kingpin-level?
  • Do prior drug arrests and quantities from prior arrests really qualify you for the elevated kingpin status?

My representation has resulted in dismissed or reduced charges for numerous clients facing drug kingpin charges, as well as numerous acquittals. For more information regarding how I can help you following drug charges, contact one of my offices.

If you face criminal charges in Maryland, then contact James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. Our lawyers offer free initial consultations and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We operate two offices for your convenience, in Catonsville and Arbutus, Maryland. We serve the Baltimore County, Bell Air, Arbutus, and Annapolis areas.

To contact an attorney to defend a person under Maryland’s kingpin statute, then call 443-709-9999.