Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Andrew Joseph Trimmer, age 32, of Bowie, Maryland to ten and a half years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and assault on a federal officer.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division (DEA); Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD); Chief Darryl McSwain of the Maryland National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division; Chief John Nesky of the Bowie Police Department; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal E. Awad.
According to his plea agreement, between May 2018 to September 2020, Trimmer and his girlfriend, Alicia Walls, conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.
Specifically, on May 28, 2018, in Bowie, Maryland, Trimmer sold fentanyl to Victim A. During the narcotics transaction, Victim A and Victim A’s friends ingested the heroin that Trimmer distributed. Shortly after ingestion, Victim A overdosed and lost consciousness. After receiving life support treatment, Victim A survived the overdose, which constituted a serious bodily injury. Prior to the overdose on May 28, 2018, Trimmer distributed at least one gram of heroin and fentanyl to Victim A approximately two times per week for two years.
Occasionally, Trimmer and Walls sold narcotics in the presence of a minor child. On July 16, 2019, while caring for a 9-month-old child, Walls fell asleep after ingesting narcotics, and the child obtained narcotics from Wall’s belongings, ingested the narcotics, and subsequently overdosed. Trimmer and Walls then transported the child to a nearby hospital where healthcare workers revived the child. After receiving additional lifesaving measures, the child survived.
Following the child’s overdose, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Trimmer and Walls’s hotel room. As agents announced themselves, Trimmer attempted to flee on foot. After disregarding law enforcement’s commands to stop, a federal task force officer attempted to physically stop Trimmer from fleeing. Trimmer then proceeded to grab the officer’s body armor and began to physically assault the officer. Eventually, Trimmer was apprehended. The officer sustained a torn meniscus as a result of the assault. During his altercation with the officer, Trimmer shed his jacket from which officers later recovered 30 grams of fentanyl. From Trimmer’s car, police recovered digital scales, plastic bags, and razor blades used by Trimmer and Walls to distribute drugs.
Trimmer and Walls had numerous narcotics customers in the Bowie area, including two other victims, Victim B and Victim C. After Trimmer was taken into custody, Walls continued to distribute heroin and fentanyl to Victim B and Victim C. In October 2020, after obtaining heroin and fentanyl from Walls, Victim B and Victim C both overdosed. Both were transported to the hospital for advanced life support and treatment and ultimately survived. Together, over a six month period, Walls and Trimmer distributed at least 240 grams of heroin and fentanyl to Victim B and Victim C.
Following his arrest and incarceration, Trimmer assaulted corrections officers on three separate occasions causing bodily injuries to several corrections officers. As part of his sentence, Judge Grimm ordered Trimmer pay restitution of $52,174.52 for injuries sustained by the federal task force officer and the corrections officers during the assaults by Trimmer.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the DEA, the PGPD, the Maryland National Capital Park Police, the Bowie Police Department, and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy L. Schwartz, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer L. Wine, and Dwight Draughon who prosecuted the case.
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