Five Men Plead Guilty to Federal Charges Following Investigation of Drug Sales in Southwest Washington
Some Sales Took Place Near a Recreation Center, Church and Stores
WASHINGTON –Five people, all from Washington, D.C., have pled guilty to federal charges following an investigation into the distribution of drugs near a recreation center in Southwest Washington.
The guilty pleas, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, were announced by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Thomas L. Chittum III, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The pleas followed an investigation targeting drug sales in the area near the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, in the 200 block of N Street SW. The investigation began in early 2017 after authorities noticed an increase in drug sales and violent activity in the area, which is in MPD’s First Police District. According to the government’s evidence, in addition to the area near the recreation center, drug sales took place in various alleys and corners, including near a church in the 1300 block of First Street SW, near a food market in the 1300 block of Half Street SW, and near a convenience store in the 1100 block of South Capitol Street SW.
The drug trafficking activity admitted to by the defendants took place within a one-block radius of the corner of Half Street SW and Q Street SW, one block west of Nationals Stadium.
Those pleading guilty include
Raymond Boston 26. He pled guilty on May 16, 2018, to one count of conspiring to distribute PCP and faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison.
Damion Littman, 32. He pled guilty on May 21, 2018, to one count of distribution of PCP and also faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison.
Morriko Washington, 24. He pled guilty on May 22, 2018, to one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces a mandatory sentence of five years and a statutory maximum of life in prison.
Jerome Fuller, 33. He pled guilty on May 22, 2018, to one count of distribution of PCP and faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison.
Kione Banks, 20. He pled guilty on May 23, 2018, to one count of conspiring to distribute PCP and faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison.
According to court documents, Boston sold $1,500 worth of PCP and heroin on behalf of co-defendant Antonio Spencer on June 21, 2017. Boston was also in possession of crack cocaine when he was arrested on March 22, 2018. Littman sold both PCP and crack cocaine on Feb. 24, 2017. Washington sold more than 100 grams of PCP on four separate occasions in August, October, and November of 2017. Washington was also in possession of a firearm and additional crack cocaine when he was arrested on March 22, 2018. Court documents relating to Fuller stated that he sold crack cocaine and PCP on July 20, 2017 and Aug. 10, 2017. According to court documents, Banks sold $1,300 worth of PCP and crack cocaine on behalf of Spencer on May 12, 2017
Three defendants remain charged and all have pled not guilty. They include Antonio Spencer, 24, his brother, Maurice Spencer, 19, and Davon Warren, 21, all of Washington, D.C.
In announcing the pleas, U.S. Attorney Liu, Special Agent in Charge Chittum, and Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the ATF and MPD. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Legal Assistant Katie Cowley. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin L. Rosenberg and William Schurmann of the Violent Crime and Narcotics Trafficking Section, who are investigating and prosecuting the matter.