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Monday, July 21, 2014

Glenarden Crack Dealer Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

Greenbelt, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Clifton Robotham, age 41, of Glenarden, Maryland, today to six years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to Robotham’s plea agreement, on August 30, 2012, aPrince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle being driven by Robotham. Rather than pull over, Robotham attempted to elude the officers, eventually driving to the end of a dead end street, then exiting the vehicle and running away. A PGPD officer in the neighborhood saw Robotham running through a nearby yard, caught up to Robotham and placed him under arrest. Robotham resisted arrest refusing commands to place his hands behind his back. While he was resisting arrest, Robotham put a plastic bag of crack cocaine in his mouth and began to chew the bag. Robotham was eventually handcuffed and he spit out the plastic bag. The bag and the crack cocaine Robotham had spit out on the grass were recovered, along with a plastic bag containing eight smaller bags of crack cocaine that was recovered from his pants pocket.

The total weight of the crack cocaine recovered from Robotham was 53.55 grams.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the HSI Baltimore and the Prince George’s County Police Department, for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly O. Hayes and Mara Zusman Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015