Upper Marlboro PCP Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Five Pounds of PCP Seized

March 19, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Von Oscar Tyler, age 42, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine (PCP).

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 and Secretary Shari T. Wilson of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

“Stopping the drug traffickers who abuse routine shipping transportation methods, such as trucks, boats, trains and buses, can only be accomplished when citizens step up and assist law enforcement officials,” stated Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “The effects of Phencyclidine (PCP) are extremely unpredictable and often lead to hallucinations and violent behavior. This makes PCP is a very dangerous drug which threatens our society. The amount of PCP seized by the DEA in this investigation was very substantial,” added Cooper-Davis.

According to Tyler’s guilty plea, on May 29, 2008 a Baltimore transportation company received a crate sent from Santa Fe Springs, California, which was to be picked up at the “will call” desk at the transportation company. After smelling a strong chemical odor emanating from the crate, the crate was opened and a substantial quantity of PCP was found.

On June 3, 2008 the crate was repackaged with a small amount of PCP for a controlled delivery under law enforcement supervision. Tyler subsequently arrived to pick up the crate. Tyler presented a driver’s license in the name of another individual, signed for the crate using that individual’s name and loaded the crate into a pickup truck that he had driven. Agents arrested Tyler and searched his residence, seizing glass vials and documents relating to identity theft.

In all, five pounds of pure PCP was seized.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Celeste and Assistant United States Attorney A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted the case.



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