Friday, July 30, 2021

Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Methamphetamine in Cecil County, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – Nakir Ali Kiett, age 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute approximately 211 grams of methamphetamine in Cecil County, Maryland.    

The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; and the members of Cecil County Drug Task Force, including Chief Carolyn Rogers of the Elkton Police Department, Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams, Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, and Cecil County State’s Attorney James Dellmyer.

According to his guilty plea, in the fall of 2019, Cecil County Drug Task Force officers received information that an individual known as “Omar” was selling methamphetamine in Cecil County, Maryland. “Omar” was later identified as Kiett.

In August 2019, a confidential informant introduced an undercover officer to Kiett.  Between August 28 and September 30, 2019, the undercover officer then arranged and conducted five separate controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Kiett, totaling approximately 150 grams of methamphetamine.

As stated in the plea agreement, on October 9, 2019, investigators obtained a search warrant for Kiett’s vehicle.  On October 10, 2019 investigators arranged for a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Kiett.  When Kiett arrived at the agreed-upon meeting location, investigators detained him and searched Kiett and his vehicle pursuant to the search warrant.  During the search of the vehicle, investigators recovered approximately 61 grams of methamphetamine located in a space behind the vehicle’s radio. 

In total, investigators purchased or seized approximately 211 grams of methamphetamine from Kiett between August 2019 and October 2019.  Kiett agrees and admits that he knowingly and intentionally possessed the above-referenced methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Kiett and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Kiett will be sentenced to six years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III has scheduled sentencing for September 21, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. 

Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended the Department of Homeland Security and the Cecil County Drug Task Force (CCDTF) comprised of the Elkton Police Department, the Cecil County Sheriff's Office, the Maryland State Police, the Cecil County State's Attorney's Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Anatoly Smolkin who is prosecuting the case.

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