The United States Attorney’s Office of West Virginia recently announced the indictment of 16 people from Maryland and West Virginia on drug conspiracy charges. Six of those individuals are from Montgomery County.
The indictment alleges that large quantities of Eutylone, also known as “boot,” were trafficked from Maryland to Berkeley and Jefferson Counties, West Virginia from February 2019 to March 15, 2020, according to a press release.
“Eutylone is a dangerous drug that has a high potential for abuse and leads to adverse physical and psychological effects for its users,” United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld said. “It poses a serious threat to public health in the Eastern Panhandle and this prosecution will make the community safer, both through enforcement and education.”
Officials identified the Montgomery County residents as:
- Charles Edward Scott, also known as “Whop Whop”, 28, of Damascus
- Ryan Darnell Scott, 37, of Gaithersburg
- Jose Michael Flores, also known as “Taz”, 26, of Montgomery Village
- Alim D. Farma, 23, of Gaithersburg
- Kofi Orleans-Lindsay, 22, of Gaithersburg
- Kyle Thayer, 35, of Gaithersburg
“The announcement of indictments is a significant, but not final, step in a lengthy, multi-jurisdictional investigation into serious violent criminal activity,” Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said. “Those arrested were directly responsible for illicit drug sales and firearms trafficking, but also many other violent crimes in Maryland, West Virginia, and beyond. Our communities are a little safer because of these indictments.”
If convicted, the accused face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the drug conspiracy charge.