COURT NEWS: Harford Drug Task Force Successful in Placing Drug Dealer and Killer Khalil Shaheed on Glidepath to Life in a Federal Prison for
Dealing Fatal Fentanyl Overdose

BEL AIR, MD. – A long-time Baltimore drug dealer who found dealing crack, cocaine, heroin, and guns was the way to prosperity and fame, might have a second thought about his life choices.  Now, this miscreant is going to be famous in federal prison. His trial is coming up soon.

Finding a way to make the top of the list of law officers, this dealer was being followed by detectives on November 16, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m., detectives with the Harford County Task Force were conducting surveillance on a suspect, identified as Khalil Sadiq Shaheed, 24, (DOB 06/09/1993) of 3543 Shannon Drive, Baltimore, Md., following an investigation identifying him as the dealer in a fatal overdose that occurred in Edgewood on October 17, 2017.

As the afternoon progressed, detectives observed the suspect conduct multiple drug transactions.


As the afternoon progressed, detectives observed the suspect conduct multiple drug transactions. During a transaction near the intersection of Bowley’s Lane and Sinclair Lane in Baltimore, members of the Task Force converged on the suspect. Following the arrest, a search warrant was served on Shaheed’s vehicle and residence.

Harford County Sheriff Capt. Lee Dunbar describes the heroin dealing arrest of Karon Peoples.


  • Police say that while executing the warrant, detectives seized;
  • a loaded 9 mm Sig Saur handgun,
  • a loaded .25 caliber handgun,
  • various calibers of ammunition,
  • 67 grams of heroin,
  • 76 grams of cocaine,
  • 24 grams of crack cocaine,
  • $12,000 in U.S. currency and other CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance) paraphernalia.
Karon Peoples heroin and cash stash Harford Sheriff

If convicted, Shaheed faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in federal prison for distribution of fentanyl resulting in death;

Khalil S. Shaheed was arrested and transported to the Baltimore City Jail for booking and was charged with;

  • two counts possession with intent to distribute narcotics,
  • two counts possession not marijuana,
  • two counts possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime,
  • one count of possession of a stolen firearm,
  • and one count of illegal possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

Baltimore attorney Andre Mahasa was listed on court records as the attorney for Shaheed.  On March 29, 2018, all of the charges were dropped by Baltimore City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Based on the allegation of an incident that took place on Jan. 8, 2018, a warrant was filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court for Khalil Shaheed on May 8, 2018, charging him with the discharge of a firearm and illegal sale of a gun as well as selling ammunition to a minor. 


In a plea deal on Aug. 31, 2018, Shaheed entered a guilty plea to the count of illegal sale of a gun. THE DEAL: Shaheed was sentenced to prison for four years with three years suspended. The sentence of one year started on Jan. 8, 2018.  On Feb. 13, 2019, Shaheed had violated his probation and a warrant was issued for his arrest twice in 2019.

Shaheed was arrested in Carroll County, Md., and charged with drug distribution, providing evidence that not only was Shaheed a drug dealer but wasn’t very good at avoiding arrest. The charges in Carroll County were dropped but were soon replaced with federal charges which should go a long way to removing this persistent poisoner of the populace from the general population and add him to the federal prison system.

On November 6, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Khalil Shaheed a/k/a “T,” 26, of Baltimore, for crimes that allegedly occurred in October and November 2017, specifically, distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. 


Federal prosecutors reported that Shaheed is charged in a separate federal indictment for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances in August 2019.  Both indictments were unsealed on November 20, 2019, when Shaheed had his initial appearance on the federal charges.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah L. Boardman ordered Shaheed to be detained pending trial.


If convicted, Shaheed faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in federal prison for distribution of fentanyl resulting in death; a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, and a maximum of life in federal prison for possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking crime; and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

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