Federal Grand Jury Indicts 22 In Drug Distribution Network

One is from Mt. Airy,Md.



Baltimore, Md (KM) A drug distribution network has been taken down  The US Attorney’s Office for Maryland says a federal grand jury has indicted 22 individuals for participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The superseding indictments, which were returned on April 10th, and unsealed on April 11th, say the defendants possessed firearms in the furtherance of drug trafficking, and purchased guns from customers in exchange for drugs.

The sale of these drugs resulted in 14 overdoses, including five which were fatal. One of them who died was the father of one of the defendants.

A majority of these individuals are Baltimore residents.. One is from Mount Airy, Timothy Downing, 35, and Russell Oliver, 43, Cindy Legard, 31, Ann Waugh-Hixon, 48, Laura Warner, 36 and John Wolfry, 39, are from Berkeley County, West Virginia.


The other defendants are:

Michael Bailey, age 30, of Winchester, Maryland;

Donte Bennett, a/k/a Tay, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland;

Darlene Best, age 56, of Baltimore;

Gregory Butler, a/k/a Sags and Little Dick, age 28, of Baltimore;

Juawan Davis, a/k/a Fat Daddy, age 24, of Baltimore;

Edward Buddy Hall, a/k/a Gwar, age 54, of Baltimore;

Syed Hussain, age 25, of Virginia;

Ryan Johnson, age 26, of Montgomery County, Maryland;

Kareem Mack, a/k/a K Mack, age 29, of Baltimore;

Terrance Medley, a/k/a Mazzi, age 35, of Baltimore;

Davon Owens, a/k/a Gusto, age 31, of Baltimore;

Desmond Ringgold, a/k/a Worm and Fool, age 28, of Baltimore;

James Henry Roberts, a/k/a Bub, age 29, of Baltimore;

Tirrel Saunders, a/k/a Pretty, age 32, of Baltimore;

Gary Smith, age 20, of Virginia;

Emmanuel Watkins, age 62, of Baltimore.

The US Attorney’s Office says 21 of t these defendants have been arrested. 18 have been detained and two have been released under the supervision of the US Pretrial Services. Emmanuel Watkins is still being sought, according to federal officials.

The drug operation is called the Butler Drug Trafficking Organization which operated from 2016 to April 3rd, 2019.

Prosecutors say an indictment is not a finding of guilt, and all defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.


By Kevin McManus