TEN ARRESTED IN AN ALLEGED DRUG DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY IN RIVERDALE, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Greenbelt, Maryland – Nine federal defendants and a one state defendant were arrested today, on charges related to a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP), in the Riverdale area of Prince George’s County, Maryland. More than 160 law enforcement officers, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, participated in the arrest of the 10 defendants and the execution of six search warrants. The two related federal indictments were returned on June 5, 2013, and unsealed today upon the arrest of the defendants.
The indictments were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.
Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the ATF - Baltimore Field Division said, “I am confident that ATF’s successful execution of ten arrest warrants and six search warrants made a significant impact on crime in Prince George’s County, Maryland and specifically the Riverdale community. ATF continues to work with its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in order to bring violent criminals to justice.”
The six defendants arrested in the first indictment are charged with a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and PCP in Riverdale from at least 2005 to the present. They are:
Don Juan Campbell, a/k/a “Flav,” “Flava Flav,” and “Flay,”age 32, of Laurel, Maryland;
Andre T. Lyons, a/k/a “Dre,” age 37, of Riverdale;
Michael C. McCree, a/k/a “Cuz,” and “Layhoo,” age 31, of Riverdale;
Lorenzo B. Jackson, a/k/a “B.J.,” age 32, of Riverdale;
Michael I. Waller, a/k/a “Butters,” and “Mike Mike,” age 22, of Beltsville; and
Marcus R. Moss, age 40, of Riverdale.
The indictment alleges that Campbell purchased large quantities of cocaine and PCP from sources in Maryland and elsewhere, which he distributed to other defendants and co-conspirators for further redistribution and sale. The indictment alleges that the conspirators controlled locations in and around Riverdale for the distribution of drugs and collected money owed to members of the conspiracy from drug transactions. The defendants allegedly obtained and utilized cellular telephones in the names of other individuals or businesses, to communicate with other members of the conspiracy without detection by law enforcement officers.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
In a related indictment three defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and PCP from May 2012 to June 2013. They are:
Glen Price, a/k/a “Mynds,” age 34, of Riverdale;
Iziah E. Ennis, a/k/a “Ike,” age 33, of Fairfax, Virginia; and
Kevin L. Dixon, a/k/a “Richie White Bread,” age 34, of Riverdale.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
All the defendants had an initial appearance this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. All of the defendants were detained, except Dixon, who was released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services. The remaining defendants will have detention hearings later this week.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised ATF, Prince George’s County Police Department and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Steven E. Swaney, who is prosecuting the federal case.