Twizzy joins Fat Boy, Bigs, Zo and Low; will have to conduct their Heroin Biz inside the Big House
BALTIMORE, MD— Their names sound like the old movie used in the hit Christmas show “Home Alone” where the kid plays the sound bit to deter the nosy hotel staff in New York City.
“Fat Boy, Bigs, Zo and Low” are cohorts of Antoine “Twizzy” Wiggins and the boys of the Heroin trade in Baltimore will have to run their empire from behind prison walls.
The G-Men rounded up the gang, took away all their toys and cash and locked them up and this week a Federal Judge threw away the key.
U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Antoine Wiggins, age 39, of Baltimore, to 126 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Hollander also ordered Wiggins to forfeit a total of $141,901 in cash, a Rolex watch, diamond necklace, a boat and a vehicle, seized during the investigation.
According to court documents and information presented at his plea hearing, as part of an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that operated primarily in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Wiggins was intercepted in telephone calls and other recordings arranging heroin transactions, and was also captured on surveillance video. Wiggins leased an apartment in the 1600 block of Whetstone Way in Baltimore, which was used by the organization as a transit point for couriers who were transporting heroin. Law enforcement executed search warrants at Wiggins’ residence, as well as the Whetstone Way apartment, and recovered more than $132,000 in cash, heroin, money counters and other items.
Over the course of the conspiracy Wiggins was responsible for the distribution of between one and three kilograms of heroin.
A total of 12 defendants, including Wiggins, Anthony Miles, a/k/a “Bigs,” and “Fat Boy,” age 31, Enzo Blanks, a/k/a “Zo,” age 30, and Marlow Bates, a/k/a “Low,” age 33, all from Baltimore, have been convicted for the heroin distribution conspiracy. Miles, Blanks and Bates were also sentenced to 10 years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy.
On February 1, 2013, during the execution of a search warrant at 4150 Brown Bark Circle, Randallstown, Maryland (“the residence”), law enforcement found and seized $81,093.00 in United States Currency. Antoine J. Wiggins (“Mr. Wiggins”) and Dara April White (“Ms. White”), both adults, were located inside the residence at the time of the search. Several weeks later, during the arrest of Mr. Wiggins at the same address, $7,456.00 was found and seized from his person. The total amount seized during the execution of the warrants was $88,549.00, which constitutes the defendant currency that the government seeks to forfeit in this case.
Drug dealer was stuck with counterfeit money that was used to pay for drugs!
In January 2013, Wiggins fled from a police officer and was observed throwing bags containing more than 500 gel capsules of heroin out of his vehicle’s window. ECF No. 1-1 at 1. An additional 177 gel capsules of heroin were later recovered “in and around” Mr. Wiggins’s vehicle. Id. After some investigation, law enforcement learned that Mr. Wiggins resided at the residence and obtained a search warrant for the residence. Id. During the execution of the warrant on February 1, 2013, Wiggins was found in the rear master bedroom. Id. He advised law enforcement that he had “between $80,000 – $100,000” in currency in his bedroom’s top dresser drawer. Id. White “denied ownership of any large sums of currency and drugs in the house.” $81,133.00 in currency (including two counterfeit bills), two money counter machines and five cellular phones were recovered from Wiggins’s bedroom. Id. at 2. Law enforcement also recovered a number of other items from the residence, including one gel capsule of heroin, twenty-eight plastic bags containing an unidentified residue, and a police radio scanner. Id. Two additional cellular phones were recovered from the vehicle Mr. Wiggins had used to flee from the police in January 2013. Id.
In February 2013, Mr. Wiggins was arrested on an arrest warrant stemming from charges related to the January 2013 incident. Id. at 3. During a search incident to his arrest, law enforcement recovered $7,456.00 in currency, wrapped in three bundles with rubber bands, from Mr. Wiggins’s person. Id. Mr. Wiggins initially stated that the money was to be used to “buy computers” for his business and that it amounted to “three grand.” Id. Mr. Wiggins later admitted that if law enforcement counted the currency, it would amount to $7,500.00. Id. A canine trained and certified in drug detection alerted for the presence of CDS on the currency. Id.
Mr. Wiggins’s criminal history includes a number of contacts for possession and distribution level controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) offenses, and records maintained by the State of Maryland indicate that his reported total income for 2011 and 2012 was less than $15,000.00. Id. at 2-3.
In consideration of these facts, the government has shown a substantial connection between the defendant currency and a violation of the Controlled Substances Act. See United States v. One 2003 Mercedes Benz CL500, No. PWG-11-3571, 2013 WL 5530325 (D. Md. Oct. 3, 2013) (collecting forfeiture cases from the District of Maryland where the facts showed at least two of three factors, including “(1) the defendant currency was seized along with CDS, and/or CDS packaging material or paraphernalia; (2) the arrestee had a criminal history, often including CDS charges; and (3) the arrestee either had no wage history or minimal wages that were disproportionate to the amount of currency seized”). Within one month of the seizure of the defendant currency, Mr. Wiggins was observed in possession of a quantity of CDS consistent with distribution. The currency seized from Mr. Wiggins’s residence was seized along with CDS paraphernalia. Mr. Wiggins has a criminal history that includes charges for distribution of CDS and a wage history that is inconsistent with his possession of an amount of currency as large as that seized from him in this case. Because the government has shown a substantial connection between the defendant currency and criminal activity, its Complaint states a valid claim and it is entitled to default judgment as to the defendant currency. Accordingly, I recommend that the government’s Motion for Default Judgment and Order of Forfeiture be GRANTED.
Federal Judge Timothy J. Sullivan awarded the $88,549.00, to the United States of America.