38-year-old Narada Walls of Salisbury pleaded guilty to numerous drug distribution charges in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Walls pled guilty to conspiracy to possess and to distribute fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, which are chemical compounds designed to have effects similar to and just as deadly as fentanyl. As part of his plea agreement, Walls admitted to running a drug trafficking organization on the Eastern Shore and using assumed names and fake e-mail accounts to purchase methoxyacetyl fentanyl from suppliers in China. Walls imported more than 1.5 kilograms of the deadly drug in this manner.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says a confidential source purchased the drugs from Walls in September and November of 2017, both times Walls brought the drugs to Baltimore, meeting with the source. Walls discussed the potency of the drug and how it had to be diluted with cutting agents.
In December 2017, Maryland State Police executed a search warrant on Walls’ Salisbury residence discovering the following:
- 442.3 grams of a fentanyl
- 86 grams of marijuana
- $17,705 in U.S. currency
- Quantities of identified cutting agents used to dilute controlled dangerous substances prior to sale.
- Hand tools with controlled dangerous substance residue used to process/dilute the substances
- Two digital scales found in working order and containing controlled dangerous substance residue
- Numerous rubber gloves and filtration masks
- Two electric coffee-style grinders covered with controlled dangerous substance residue
- One pint of promethazine with codeine cough syrup
- Corroborative documents
- Numerous cell phones believed to contain corroborative information
- One Samsung smart television believed to contain corroborative information
- Various items identified as being used to assist in the further processing and packaging of controlled dangerous substances
Walls also admitted that in June 2017, while in a relationship with a recovering heroin user, Walls asked the woman to clean up his kitchen, the area he used to mix drugs. In the process of cleaning, the woman ingested a small amount of the fentanyl product. She was pronounced dead, and autopsy results confirmed her exposure to the drug.
As part of his plea agreement, Walls will be required to forfeit any items of value seized during the search of his home and vehicle, including nearly 30,000 dollars in cash seized in two separate searches by law enforcement. The government and Walls agreed to a 12 year prison sentence, which will be recommended to the court. Sentencing is scheduled for June 21 at 11:30am.