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Easton Man Pleads Guilty to Md. Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

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 BALTIMORE, Md.- Prosecutors say an Easton man and a man from New York pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.

According to their plea agreements, 52-year-old Gary Barham, of Easton, and 31-year-old Rahdel Sahrbaan, of Bronx, New York, conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.

During the course of the conspiracy, prosecutors said Sharbaan was working with co-conspirators to obtain bulk quantities of heroin from sources in New york and transport that heroin to Maryland for further distribution. Court records show Sharbaan would meet with sources in New York and get the heroin, then travel to Baltimore, where he would provide the heroin to another person. Prosecutors said Barham would get bulk quantities of heroin from that same person, which he then redistributed in and around the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Sharbaan would take the money from prior heroin transactions from the co-conspirator in order to pay the sources in New York, authorities said.
 
During the investigation, members of law enforcement obtained a wiretap on phone lines used by a member of the conspiracy.  Through those wiretaps, they say they intercepted numerous calls between Sharbaan and the co-conspirator discussing travel to and from Baltimore and the heroin business.  Investigators said they also saw Sharbaan and the co-conspirator meeting at the Baltimore Travel Plaza to deliver new supplies of heroin.
 
Authorities said Barham was also overheard by law enforcement on numerous calls discussing heroin sales with the co-conspirator. Prosecutors said that on April 2, 2014, law enforcement overheard Barham and the co-conspirator discuss meeting at a restaurant in Bowie, Md. , so that Barham could obtain a supply of heroin.  Police say they then saw Barham and the co-conspirator meet at the restaurant to conduct the drug transaction.
 
Over the course of the conspiracy, investigators believe at least 100 grams of heroin was distributed.
Sharbaan faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for the conspiracy. Barham and the government have agreed that if the court accepts his plea agreement, Barham will be sentenced to 132 months in prison.  

Barham has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Nov. 17, at 3 p.m., and Sharbaan has one scheduled for Jan. 8, 2015, at 3 p.m.
 
Co-defendant Jeffrey Michael Anderson, 35, of Upper Marlboro, Md., is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 27.  Charges are also pending against co-defendants Reginald Jones, age 26, of Bronx, N.Y.; Shawn Christopher Malley, 25, of Crofton, Md.; Amanda Jo Palmer, 32, of Hagerstown, Md.; and William Ulysses Robinson, 38, of Grasonville, Md.

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