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§ 5-613. Drug kingpin

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal Law

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Controlled Dangerous Substances, Prescriptions, and Other Substances (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 6. Crimes Involving Controlled Dangerous Substances and Paraphernalia (Refs & Annos)
Part II. Primary Offenders
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 5-613
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 286
§ 5-613. Drug kingpin
“Drug kingpin” defined
(a) In this section, “drug kingpin” means an organizer, supervisor, financier, or manager who acts as a coconspirator in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, dispense, transport in, or bring into the State a controlled dangerous substance.
Drug kingpin conspiracy; penalty
(b)(1) A drug kingpin who conspires to manufacture, distribute, dispense, transport in, or bring into the State a controlled dangerous substance in an amount listed in § 5-612 of this subtitle is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment for not less than 20 years and not exceeding 40 years without the possibility of parole or a fine not exceeding $1,000,000 or both.
(2) A court may not suspend any part of the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.
(3) The person is not eligible for parole during the mandatory minimum sentence.
Ultimate distributing or dispensing elsewhere not a defense
(c) It is not a defense to a prosecution under this section that the controlled dangerous substance was brought into or transported in the State solely for ultimate distribution or dispensing in another jurisdiction.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, a conviction under this section does not merge with the conviction for any crime that is the object of the conspiracy.
Probation before judgment
(e) The provisions of § 6-220 of the Criminal Procedure Article do not apply to a conviction under this section.
Construction of section
(f) This section does not:
(1) prohibit a court from imposing an enhanced penalty under § 5-905 of this title; or
(2) preclude or limit a prosecution for any other crime.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002.
Formerly Art. 27, § 286.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 5-613, MD CRIM LAW § 5-613
Current through legislation effective through April 21, 2022, from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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