A federal judge has sentenced a Westminster man to more than four years in prison on charges of distributing heroin that led to the death of another man.
Alexander E. Agniadis, 28, of the 700 block of Medinah Circle, will serve 54 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, according to the sentence handed down Friday by U.S. District Judge Frederick Motz, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The release noted that there are no suspended sentences or paroles granted in the federal system.
Agniadis was also ordered to pay $6,743.41 to the Ebberts family to cover the cost of Alex Ebberts' final arrangements, according to the release.
According to the facts agreed to in the guilty plea, Agniadis distributed heroin to Alex Ebberts, 25, near Agniadis' residence on Dec. 28, 2014. Ebberts' body was found a week later in a wooded area behind Agniadis' home on Jan. 5, 2015.
A medical examiner determined that Ebberts died of heroin intoxication, according to the facts agreed to in the guilty plea.
Investigators purchased heroin from Agniadis in January 2015 as part of their investigation, and a search warrant executed at his home that month turned up 14 individual baggies of heroin, according to the news release.
The investigation was a joint 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.