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19 indicted in state drug investigation for allegedly starting drug enterprise in Baltimore

Posted at 1:37 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 13:37:18-04

BALTIMORE — State authorities indicted 19 people alleged to be part of a criminal organization led by Baltimore rapper Lor X, accusing him of using his internet persona to facilitate both his music career and a drug enterprise.

The investigation was led by the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation revealed that the members of the criminal enterprise sold fentanyl and heroin primarily throughout Baltimore City.

The alleged leader, Lor X, who's real name is Xavier Johnson, would direct members and associates to rent apartments in downtown Baltimore that served as the organization's drug stash locations.

High-ranking members of the organization would manage these stash locations and transport vast amounts of narcotics to the street-level dealers within their territory.

Johnson and other members of the organization utilized their social media accounts to broadcast, promote, and advertise their criminal activity.

Johnson used his internet persona of “Lor X - The South Baltimore Godfather” to promote both his music career and organization's drug trafficking operations.

During the long-term investigation, law enforcement recovered nearly 9 kilograms of fentanyl and other narcotics and multiple firearms through the use of undercover buys and search warrants.

Almost all of the seized drugs were determined to be fentanyl, or a mixture containing fentanyl.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin or morphine.

“Our indictments state that this organization was supplying large amounts of deadly drugs throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Area,” said Attorney General Frosh. “In fact, the Strike Force team seized enough fentanyl to kill 4 million people. Working with our federal, state, and local partners, we make communities across our state safer.”