Greenbelt, Maryland – Ludin Alfredo Ipina-Ipina, age 33, of Chillum, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute over 2,000 grams of cocaine.
The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division; and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD).
According to his guilty plea, from July 2020 to November 2020, Ipina sold various quantities of cocaine on three instances to co-conspirators: in July 2020, Ipina sold 21.7 grams of cocaine to a co-conspirator for $1,600; in August 2020, Ipina sold 55.7 grams of cocaine to a co-conspirator for $3,600; in September 2020, Ipina sold 167.8 grams of cocaine to a co-conspirator for $10,000.
On November 12, 2020, law enforcement executed search warrants at Ipina’s residences. At his residence in Chillum, Maryland, law enforcement recovered approximately 2,406.2 grams of cocaine, digital scales, baggies, and shrink wrap with cocaine residue. In addition to the cocaine and drug paraphernalia, law enforcement also recovered five-kilogram wrappings with cocaine residue and $118,453 in U.S. Currency. At the time of his arrest, law enforcement also recovered $1,021 from Ipina’s person.
In an interview with law enforcement, Ipina admitted that the cocaine recovered by law enforcement was his and claimed that he was holding the two kilograms of cocaine for another individual. Ipina also informed authorities that he intended to use the $119,474 in recovered currency, along with other currency, to purchase 10 kilograms of cocaine from a drug supplier in Texas.
In total, Ipina distributed 167.8 grams of cocaine, possessed 2,405.2 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and attempted to purchase 10 kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute that cocaine to drug users and distributors.
Ipina faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison followed by at least four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis has scheduled sentencing for December 20, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended the DEA and PGPD for their work in the investigation. Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Rajeev R. Raghavan, who is prosecuting the case.
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