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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Prince George’s County Drug Dealer Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison - Result of a Joint Investigation Targeting Armed Drug Dealers

His Brother Previously Pleaded Guilty to Drug and Gun Charges

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced James Ricardo Williams, a/k/a Snipe, age 28, of District Heights, Maryland, today to eight years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP) and for possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

 

His brother, Ricky Lee Williams, a/k/a Slick, Pullaman, and Stacy, age 27, of Forestville, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy, and to being a felon in possession of a gun.

 

Their charges were the result of a joint investigation by ATF, DEA and the Prince George’s County Police Department that targeted armed drug dealers in Prince George’s County.

 

The sentence and guilty plea were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division (ATF); Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division (DEA); and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

 

According to their plea agreements, from September 2015 until June 2016, James and Ricky Williams and others conspired to distribute crack cocaine and PCP in Prince George’s County, particularly near the intersection of Walters Lane and Hil Mar Drive in Forestville. James Williams obtained PCP and powder cocaine from his suppliers in bulk quantities. The Williams brothers and their co-conspirators then distributed cocaine (most of which was manufactured into crack) and PCP to their customers. An ATF source also purchased a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol from Ricky Williams, who has a prior felony conviction and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

 

A search warrant executed at James Williams’ residence, as well as an apartment and vehicle used by him to facilitate his drug trafficking resulted in the seizure of extensive drug trafficking paraphernalia, $1,400 in cash, and quantities of PCP and crack cocaine. The evidence also included recorded telephone conversations, surveillance, and information provided by other individuals.

 

Ricky Williams and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Ricky Williams will be sentenced to 87 months in prison. Judge Titus has scheduled his sentencing for May 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ATF, DEA and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked the Metropolitan Police Department, Maryland National Capital Park Police and U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael T. Packard and Thomas M. Sullivan, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated January 31, 2017