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Monday, September 26, 2016

Maryland Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Distributing PCP

Defendant Apprehended After Selling Drugs to Undercover Officer

            WASHINGTON – Jameil Michael Arrington, 23, of District Heights, Md., was sentenced today to a five-year prison term on a drug charge stemming from his sales of PCP to an undercover officer in 2014 and 2015, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            Arrington pled guilty in May 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to one count of distribution of 100 grams or more of Phencyclidine (PCP).  The offense took place in June 2015. As part of his plea, Arrington also acknowledged responsibility for distributing PCP on ten other occasions from March of 2014 through June of 2015. At the time of the sales, he was on supervised release for two separate criminal cases in Maryland. He has been in custody since his arrest on Aug. 1, 2015. Arrington was sentenced by the Honorable Senior Judge Gladys Kessler. Following his prison term, he will be placed on five years of supervised release.

            According to the government's factual proffer, Arrington developed on ongoing illegal business relationship with an undercover officer who was posing as a redistributor of PCP.  Arrington first sold PCP to the undercover officer in March of 2014, and continued to sell PCP to the undercover officer in the District of Columbia both before and after Arrington was briefly incarcerated in the summer of 2014.  The undercover purchases continued into the summer of 2015.  

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips praised the work of the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the efforts of those who assisted at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Teesha Tobias and Candace Battle, and Legal Assistant Latoya Wade.  Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Gripkey, who prosecuted the case.

Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 26, 2016