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Westminster man pleads guilty in federal court to heroin distribution

Alexander Emmanouil Agniadis is charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and related charges after police say they found drugs and distribution materials in his residence. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1CBveCI" target="newwin">http://bit.ly/1CBveCI</a> Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1C5vb26" target="newwin">http://bit.ly/1C5vb26</a>
Alexander Emmanouil Agniadis is charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and related charges after police say they found drugs and distribution materials in his residence. Full story: http://bit.ly/1CBveCI Full story: http://bit.ly/1C5vb26

A Westminster man who pleaded guilty to heroin distribution that ultimately led to the death of another man faces four to six years in prison.

Alexander E. Agniadis, 28, of the 700 block of Medinah Circle, pleaded guilty to one federal count of heroin distribution Monday, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz on June 24, according to the release.

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Agniadis will have the right to appeal the sentencing if Motz gives him more than six years, and the U.S. Attorney's Office can appeal if he is given less than four years, according to the guilty plea.

Agniadis will also have to pay a restitution of $6,200 to the family of the man who overdosed on heroin provided by Agniadis. The money will go to the family for the costs of the funeral and other final arrangements, according to the release.

According to the facts agreed to in the guilty plea, Agniadis distributed a small amount of heroin to Alex Ebberts, 25, near Agniadis' residence on Dec. 28, 2014. Ebberts' family could not get a hold of him after Dec. 28, and his body was found in a wooded area behind Agniadis' home on Jan. 5, 2015.

A medical examiner determined that Ebbert died of heroin intoxication, according to the facts agreed to in the guilty plea.

Officers searched Agniadis' residence and found 14 baggies containing heroin and other equipment used to distribute the controlled dangerous substance, according to the facts in the guilty plea.

The investigation into Agniadis was an effort between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Carroll County Drug Task Force, which included the Westminster Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office and Maryland State Police, according to the release.

Agniadis' attorney did not return phone calls as of 1:45 p.m. Monday as he was in court.

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