MONTGOMERY COUNTY CRACK DEALER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON
Frequently Distributed Crack in Grocery Stores, Restaurants and Other Public Places
Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Kevin Anthony Walker, age 43, of Germantown, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Judge Titus also ordered Walker to pay a fine of $7,000, and to forfeit $5,800 in cash and jewelry seized from his residence on December 9, 2011, as well as two vehicles.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.
According to Walker’s guilty plea, he was part of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in and around Germantown, Maryland, from April 2011 through November 10, 2011. During the conspiracy, Walker purchased powder cocaine from sources of supply, which he then converted into crack cocaine. Walker had co-conspirators drive him to distribute crack cocaine to his customers, often in public places like grocery stores, drug stores, and fast food restaurants. To further his drug trafficking, Walker had others put apartments and automobiles in their names for Walker’s use. During the conspiracy, law enforcement intercepted calls to and from one of Walker’s cell phones and overheard Walker on a number of occasions arranging to purchase powder cocaine, to distribute crack cocaine and directing others to distribute crack on his behalf.
On December 9, 2011, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Walker’s residence and recovered 152 grams of crack cocaine, six grams of powder cocaine, drug paraphernalia, drug ledgers, and $5,800 in cash. Law enforcement also seized three watches, two rings, a bracelet, and a necklace appraised at $27,000, all of which were purchased with drug proceeds.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA and Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Mara Zusman Greenberg, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.