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Lanham PCP Dealer Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison

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

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced David Chittams, age 34, of Lanham, Maryland, today to 92 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute phencyclidine (PCP).

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; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to Chittams’ plea agreement, between December 2012 and January 2013, Chittams conspired with Richard Brown and others to distribute PCP. Specifically, on three occasions between December 18, 2012 and January 16, 2013, Chittams was with Richard Brown when Brown distributed approximately 345 grams (over 12 ounces) of PCP to a cooperating witness, meeting the witness at the Capitol Heights Metro station to conduct the transactions.

On January 31, 2013, after observing Chittams entering the residence through the carport, agents executed a search warrant Chittams’ residence. During the search, law enforcement seized a plastic Gatorade bottle containing approximately 502 grams of PCP, starter fluid (which is commonly used as a PCP cutting agent), and a large box of empty bottles frequently utilized for PCP distribution, all of which were found in a shed in the carport. Chittams was arrested.

At least a portion of the PCP that Richard Brown distributed to the cooperating witness was supplied by Chittams. Based on his involvement in the conspiracy, Chittams was responsible for the distribution of between one and three kilograms of PCP.

Richard Brown, age 29, of Lanham, Maryland, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, ATF and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam K. Ake and Arun G. Rao, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 27, 2015