Anthony Niles was sentenced on Monday to ten years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin. He used a music studio known as “Crooked House Entertainment,” located at 7922 and 7924 Cryden Way, District Heights, Maryland as a “stash” house to store and distribute drugs.
Earlier, 37-year-old Niles had pleaded guilty and admitted he supplied co-defendants Vincent Collins, Sierra Lynch, Abdul Sauda, and others with large quantities of heroin for re-distribution. In all, he supplied between 700 and 1,000 grams of heroin spanning the length of the conspiracy.
After monitoring numerous cell phone calls in which Niles and his co-defendants discussed drug transactions, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Niles’ residence in June of 2015. While agents entered his residence, he attempted to flush several ounces of heroin down the toilet. Officers still managed to recover approximately 107 grams of heroin from the toilet. They also discovered a trail of heroin on the floor leading from Niles’ bedroom to the bathroom. The part-time musician had been storing the heroin in a vent beside his bed. Furthermore, $6,156 in cash, and items used for the packing and distribution of drugs, such as digital scales and a heavy-duty industrial press were also seized.
It’s not Niles first brush with the law. On May 17, 1999, he pled guilty to distributing cocaine in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment, with all but six months suspended.
Vincent Collins, age 37, of Oxon Hill, Maryland; Sierra Lynch, age 38, of Beltsville, Maryland; and Abdul Hakim Sauda, age 30, of Laurel, Maryland all pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug conspiracy. Sauda was sentenced on May 2, 2016 to one year and one day in prison. Collins and Lynch await sentencing.
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