Seven People Sentenced to Prison on Federal Charges Following Investigation Into Drug Sales in Southwest Washington
Investigation Targeted Sales of PCP, Crack Cocaine, and Heroin
WASHINGTON –Antonio Spencer, 25, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a five-year prison term after pleading guilty to a federal drug offense stemming from an investigation into the trafficking of PCP, crack cocaine and heroin in Southwest Washington. Six co-defendants previously were sentenced to prison terms in the case.
The announcement was made 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).
Spencer is among eight people to plead guilty to federal charges as a result of an investigation by ATF and the MPD targeting the area near the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, in the 200 block of N Street SW. The investigation began 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.
All eight defendants are from Washington, D.C.
Spencer pled guilty in August 2018, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute PCP, heroin, and crack cocaine. He was sentenced by the Honorable Senior Judge Thomas F. Hogan.
The six defendants who previously were sentenced include:
-Maurice Spencer, 20. He pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute PCP and was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison. He is the younger brother of Antonio Spencer.
-Kione Banks, 21. He pled guilty to conspiring to distribute PCP and was sentenced to 33 months in prison.
-Raymond Boston 27. He pled guilty to conspiring to distribute PCP and was sentenced to two years in prison.
-Jerome Fuller, 33. He pled guilty to distribution of PCP and was sentenced to five years and three months in prison.
-Damion Littman, 32. He pled guilty to distribution of PCP and was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
-Morriko Washington, 24. He pled guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Following their prison terms, the defendants will be placed on periods of supervised release.
The eighth defendant, Davon Warren, 22, is to be sentenced on Nov. 28, 2018.
This case was investigated by ATF and MPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin L. Rosenberg and William Schurmann, of the Violent Crime and Narcotics Trafficking Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.