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Press Release

Clinton Drug Dealer Exiled To Over 29 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Shaun Orlando Grier, age 46, of Clinton, Maryland, today to 350 months in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine, commonly referred to as PCP; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, commonly referred to as crack; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Judge Williams enhanced Grier’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal based on five previous drug, gun and violent crime offenses.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Postal Inspector in Charge Gary R. Barksdale of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George's County Police Department; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Kelly of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office; and Prince George's County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.

According to evidence presented at his six day trial, on February 27, 2013, after a K-9 dog alerted to a package Grier sent and a search warrant was obtained, U.S. Postal Inspection Service opened the package and found $30,000. A search warrant was obtained for Grier’s residence and agents seized 21.6 grams of PCP; 54.6 grams of crack; numerous Ziploc bags containing a total of .78 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, 0.76 grams of heroin, 0.43 grams of crack, 1.44 grams of heroin and marijuana; drug paraphernalia; a loaded pistol; and a box of bullets. From Grier’s car, agents also seized a back pack containing a bottle which contained 24.2 grams of PCP, a plastic bag containing approximately 164.2 grams of marijuana, a scale, a revolver and a loaded pistol.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division, the Prince George's County Police Department, IRS- Criminal Investigation and Prince George's County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Thomas P. Windom, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015