ANNAPOLIS, SEPT. 4 -- James Todd Hibler, the son of former National Security Agency psychologists, was sentenced today to 15 years without parole for operating one of the largest drug rings in Anne Arundel County history.
The sentence, imposed by Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner, was described by Hibler's attorney as unusually tough for a first-time offender. The 23-year-old Crofton resident pleaded guilty in May to a dozen drug-trafficking and weapon charges rather than stand trial on drug kingpin charges.
"You just ruined your life," Lerner told a subdued Hibler after handing down the sentence. "I don't know if you will ever be rehabilitated or not. It's a sad, sad story."
The charges resulted from a police raid last November on the home Hibler shared with his parents and sister. Officers seized 11 pounds of cocaine, 60 pounds of marijuana and $70,000 in cash and arrested the entire family.
Charges against the parents were eventually dropped. And Hibler's sister, Jessica, who was discovered counting cash during the raid, received probation in July after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge.
From the beginning of their eight-month investigation of the Hibler family, police said that James Hibler was their main focus. After his arrest, they uncovered $67,000 that Hibler stored in an Annapolis "stash house" and nearly 400 pounds of marijuana in a closet he rented in Prince George's County.
Last month, a Prince George's judge sentenced Hibler to 25 years in prison stemming from Hibler's guilty plea involving the marijuana in the closet. Hibler would have been eligible for parole after serving one-third of that sentence.
Today, Lerner said that Hibler's Anne Arundel sentence will run concurrently with the other penalty. Hibler's attorney, Peter S. O'Neil, said the net effect is that Hibler must serve at least 15 years.
Lerner fined Hibler $55,000, even though O'Neil said Hibler is now penniless.
During today's sentencing hearing, Hibler said, "All I can do is express my remorse and make a statement that says I'm sorry.
"I guess when it comes to drugs, there are no second chances. And that's unfortunate."