FOLLOWING YEARS OF WEAK PLEA DEALS BY ANNE ARUNDEL PROSECUTORS; DRUG DEALER TRIMMER NOW BUSTED BY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS
DRUG DEALER NOT FAST ENOUGH IN FAST FOOD JOINT: Andrew Trimmer aka ‘SMOKE’ Facing Federal Rap for Dealing Fentanyl and for Assaulting a Federal Officer
Greenbelt, Maryland – Some miscreants just do not know when to give up and let the cops put the bracelets on them, and instead, they turn ‘rabbit’ when cornered by police.
A federal grand jury has indicted Andrew Joseph Trimmer, a/k/a D and Smoke, 31, (DOB 12/28/1988) of 8417 Church Lane, Bowie, Maryland, on the federal charges of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and for assault on a federal officer. The indictment was returned on November 4, 2020.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jesse R. Fong of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Field Division; and Interim Chief Hector Velez of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to the two-count indictment, on September 25, 2020, Trimmer possessed a substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, with the intent to distribute that substance.
According to court documents, Trimmer was the subject of an investigation into narcotics sales in Southern Maryland. The investigation revealed that Trimmer had been living in a rental home in Bowie, Maryland, but had moved on September 15, 2020.
Trimmer was subsequently located living in a hotel in the area of the Bowie Towne Center. As detailed in court documents, law enforcement found Trimmer sitting in his vehicle outside the hotel. As soon as investigators identified themselves as police officers, Trimmer fled. A law enforcement officer grabbed Trimmer, but Trimmer assaulted the officer.
During the physical altercation, another officer deployed his Taser, but Trimmer continued to fight. Trimmer was able to get to his feet and run to a nearby fast-food restaurant, where he was apprehended by a third law enforcement officer. Court documents allege that Trimmer continued to resist arrest and physically assaulted the third officer during the arrest.
If convicted, Trimmer faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and 20 years in federal prison for assaulting a federal officer. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Trimmer is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, although no date has been scheduled. Trimmer is detained on an unrelated state charge.
The DEA, the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Crofton Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department all participated in this investigation, said Hur.
Trimmer entered a guilty plea to possession of drugs other than marijuana on February 7, 2020, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Circuit Court. Trimmer was charged with reckless endangerment and speeding by a Crofton Police Officer on March 27, 2019. A jail term of one year was agreed to in a plea deal with Anne Arundel County States Attorney Anne Colt Leitess and all of the sentence but for two days in jail was suspended. Odenton attorney Steven M. Sindler cooked up the great deal for Trimmer. With an arrest again for violation of the terms of his probation, Trimmer was jailed following the issuance of a bench warrant and on November 6, 2020, was released from jail.
In a plea deal with Anne Arundel County States Attorney Wes Adams on September 1, 2016, Trimmer entered a plea deal in Circuit Court to felony possession with the intention to sell drugs. THE DEAL: Trimmer was sentenced to ten years in prison and all, but four years was suspended. Trimmer also entered a guilty plea to resisting arrest and sentenced to three years in prison with all of the sentence suspended. As part of the deal, two charges of general prostitution and multiple charges of assault and drugs placed on May 6, 2016, by Anne Arundel Police Corporal Adkins were dropped by States Attorney Wes Adams. Three years of probation were allowed and on April Fools Day of 2019, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for violating the terms of his probation.
Andrew Joseph Trimmer was indicted by the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Grand Jury for drug distribution on November 16, 2012. In a plea deal with Anne Arundel States Attorney Leitess on July 21, 2014, Trimmer entered an Alford Plea which resulted in a jail term of seventy-seven days in the slammer and all of the jail time was suspended.