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Forestville PCP Distributor Sentenced to 20 Yeas in Prison


PCP Trafficking Scheme Uncovered as a Result of a Long Term Investigation Led by the DEA, along with the Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County Police Departments, the U.S. Park Police and the Maryland State Police

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February 24, 2012

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Marvin Antoin Duckett, age 39, of Forestville, Maryland, late yesterday to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute at least 1,000 grams of a mixture containing phencyclidine (PCP). Judge Williams enhanced Duckett’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based upon three previous drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.; and Chief Teresa Chambers of the U.S. Park Police.

"I am satisfied with the outcome of this case," said Chief Mark Magaw. “This sentence is another example of our dedication to working with state and local law enforcement to remove criminals from our local communities.”

According to Duckett’s plea agreement, in July of 2009, 421.4 grams of a mixture containing PCP was recovered from an Upper Marlboro, Maryland, residence used by Duckett, along with $10,115. From July through September 2009, an undercover officer (UC) made six purchases of PCP from Duckett through a co-conspirator, Troy Orlando Tongue. The UC provided a total of $9,900 to obtain 292.9 grams total net weight of a mixture containing PCP.

On April 1, 2010, a U.S. Park Police officer stopped a vehicle Duckett was driving for a traffic violation. Co-conspirator Travis Lamont Armstead was also in the vehicle. The officer observed a cup with brown liquid in the cup holder of the vehicle, an empty champagne bottle on the floorboard at the passenger’s feet, and noticed the odor of alcohol. The officer searched the vehicle and seized three vials containing a total of 23.5 grams of PCP and a vinegar bottle containing 388.8 grams of PCP. The officer also recovered $1,400 from Duckett, and $901 from Armstead.

Following further investigation, the DEA, the Prince George’s County Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department executed 11 search warrants at a number of locations associated with the defendants. During the course of this 17 month-long investigation, law enforcement seized a total of approximately 283 ounces of liquid PCP, 5.6 grams of cocaine, two handguns and a Mercedes Benz CL 500.

Duckett is responsible for distributing at least one kilogram of a mixture containing PCP.

Troy Orlando Tongue, age 36, of Shadyside, Maryland, and Travis L. Armstead, age 29, of Petersburg, Virginia, both pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy. Armstead was sentenced to three years in prison. Tongue has not yet been sentenced.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Prince George’s County Police Department, Anne Arundel County Police Department, the Maryland State Police and the U.S. Park Police for their work in this long term investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Arun G. Rao and Adam K. Ake, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.


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