A 24-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty to a heroin conspiracy that has lead to the overdose death of 9 people.
According to the Justice Department, Karo Elijah Peoples admitted that his participation in the drug conspiracy was distributing and facilitating the distribution of 9-10 kilograms of heroin. He also admitted to being contacted by the 9 overdose death victims including 18 overdose survivors to purchase heroin.
Law enforcement began conducting an investigation on Peoples during the fall of 2017 after learning that he was supplying large amounts of heroin to customers throughout Maryland. As part of the investigation, law enforcement undercover purchases of heroin from Peoples.
In December 2017, investigators executed search warrants at Peoples’ residence on West Lexington Street in Baltimore, and in his vehicle.
They were able to find 900 grams of heroin, $405,156 in cash stored in a blue checkered Louis Vuitton bag, a Rolex watch, a money counter, and digital scales and other drug paraphernalia from the stash location. They also recovered 68 grams of heroin from the vehicle.
Peoples faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.