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St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

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July 21, 2014


Greenbelt, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Jeffrey Kirk Berry, a/k/a “Kojack,” age 55, of Lexington Park, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine; and for being a felon in possession of firearms. Chief Judge Chasanow also found that Berry was an armed career criminal based on three previous drug convictions.

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; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Kelly of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.

According to Berry’s plea agreement and other court documents, from February 2012 to April 2013, Berry conspired with Damon Estep, Alrahman Allen, Jamar Holt and others to distribute cocaine and crack in southern St. Mary’s County. Holt provided Allen with cocaine and other drugs and then regularly called Estep to coordinate the delivery of cocaine to Estep, Berry or others from St. Mary’s County.

Nearly every week, Berry, Estep and others met Allen in the Glen Burnie area and paid Allen for one-fourth, one-half and one kilogram quantities of cocaine for further distribution in St. Mary’s County by Estep, Berry and others at Estep’s direction. Once Berry and others transported the cocaine back to their stash locations in St. Mary’s County, Estep and others would cook portions of the cocaine into crack, and distribute the cocaine and crack throughout southern Maryland at Estep’s direction.

Estep stored the powder and crack cocaine in several locations, including Berry’s residence at 18310 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Berry, Estep and others sold the drugs at locations in southern Maryland.

A search of Berry’s home on April 15, 2013, recovered a 9 mm rifle, two 9mm handguns, a .40 caliber handgun, and a .25 caliber handgun, as well as ammunition for the guns. Due to his previous felony convictions, Berry was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. Berry admits that over the course of the conspiracy he was responsible for the distribution of between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine, and between 280 and 840 grams of crack.

Chief Judge Chasanow sentenced Jamar Holt, a/k/a “Reds,” “Jamal Holt” and “Rex,” age 36, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 20 years in prison and Damon Jerome Estep, a/k/a “Country”, age 39, of California, Maryland, to 188 months in prison. Co-defendant Alrahman Sharif Allen, a/k/a “Rock” and “Rahman Allen,” age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to his participation in the conspiracy and awaits sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, and IRS-Criminal Investigation for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah Jo Bressack and Deborah A. Johnston and James A. Crowell IV, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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