Superseding Indictment Adds 13 Defendants to Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy Spanning From California to D.C.
WASHINGTON – Saint Vincent Harris, 22, and Anthony Dickey, 24, both of Washington, D.C., have been indicted on federal charges stemming from an alleged conspiracy to deal heroin and crack cocaine in Northwest and Southwest Washington. Harris also has been indicted on related federal firearms charges.
The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County, Va. Police Department.
The indictment was returned on Aug. 7, 2018, by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Both men were arrested on the night of Aug. 7 during the execution of search warrants by law enforcement. Harris and Dickey were each indicted on one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base. Harris also was indicted on four counts of unlawful distribution of heroin; four counts of unlawful distribution of cocaine base, and two related firearms offenses. The indictment includes a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds that can be attributed to the crimes.
Both men were arraigned this afternoon at a hearing before the Honorable G. Michael Harvey. They pled not guilty and were ordered held pending a hearing set for Aug. 13, 2018.
According to the government’s evidence, the drug conspiracy began in October 2017 and was still taking place. Harris and Dickey allegedly utilized a “stash house” in Northwest Washington, out of which crack cocaine and heroin were sold to members of the community. Drug customers from the District of Columbia and Virginia traveled to the location to purchase narcotics. During the course of the conspiracy, according to the evidence, multi-ounce quantities of both crack cocaine and heroin were sold. During one of the transactions, Harris also allegedly sold a firearm to a customer.
Harris faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the charges. Dickey faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charge against him. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, a defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the Fairfax County Police Department. It is being investigated and prosecuted by the Violent Crime and Narcotics Trafficking Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.