green belt, Maryland – Enitan Mouroukeji Agbi, aka “Anton Agbi” and “Tone”, 38, of Germantown, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing fentanyl. Agbi admitted that Victim 1 died as a result of the use of drugs distributed by Agbi.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division; Montgomery County Police Department Chief Marcus Jones; Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Chief Darryl McSwain of the Maryland National Capital Park Police; Chief Robert J. Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department; and Chief Victor Brito of the Rockville City Police Department.
According to his guilty plea, on August 10, 2020, just prior to Victim 1’s fatal overdose, Victim 1 contacted Agbi by phone for heroin/fentanyl. Victim 1 agreed to meet Agbi at Hotel A in Gaithersburg, where Agbi was staying. Victim 1 texted Agbi when Victim 1 arrived at the scene and Agbi got out of Victim 1’s car to complete the transaction. Surveillance video from Hotel A, along with cell site location recordings, confirmed that Victim 1 was in the vicinity of the hotel and that Agbi left the hotel and headed towards the Victim 1’s car. Shortly thereafter, Victim 1’s car left the area and drove straight home, without making any further stops.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on August 10, 2020, Victim 1 was found dead in his bedroom. Law enforcement officers found a clear plastic bag containing 0.42 grams of fentanyl mixed with heroin and a straw next to the body of Victim 1. No other people were in the residence of Victim 1 at the time of Victim 1’s death and Victim 1 was living alone. An autopsy determined that the cause of death for Victim 1 was acute poisoning from the combined effects of fentanyl, despropionyl fentanyl and morphine. Victim 1 was an otherwise healthy person.
After August 25, 2020, Agbi moved to Hotel B in Germantown, Maryland. On August 28, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Agbi’s hotel room at Hotel B. Officers recovered approximately 10 clear plastic capsules containing a total of approximately 2.76 grams of fentanyl mixed with heroin, tied bags containing a total of approximately 2.6 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl, and drug dispensing paraphernalia including a digital scale and drug bags sandwich used to package controlled substances (and which matched the clear plastic bag found with Victim 1 on August 10, 2020).
Following the search, Agbi was placed under arrest. Agbi admitted that he was a user and distributor of opioid drugs and that he met Victim 1 on August 10 at Hotel A and provided Victim 1 with opioid drugs. He said Victim 1 used opioid medication provided by Agbi in his presence.
Agbi and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea deal, Agbi will be sentenced to 114 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm has sentenced September 20, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron praised the DEA, Montgomery County Police Department, Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland National Capital Park Police, Police Department Metropolitan and the Rockville City Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr Barron thanked Assistant US Attorneys Elizabeth Wright and Joel Crespo, who are prosecuting the case.
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