Greenbelt, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Damon Jerome Estep, a/k/a “Country”, age 38, of California, Maryland, today to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride and 280 grams of cocaine base, commonly known as crack.
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; and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
According to his plea agreement, from February 2012 to April 2013, Estep conspired with Alrahman Allen, Jamar Holt and Jeffrey Berry to distribute cocaine and crack in southern St. Mary’s County. Holt provided Allen with cocaine and other drugs and then regularly called Estep to coordinate the delivery of cocaine to Estep, Berry or others from St. Mary’s County.
Nearly every week, Estep, Berry and others met Allen in the Glen Burnie area and paid Allen for one-fourth, one-half and one kilogram quantities of cocaine for further distribution in St. Mary’s County by Estep and others at Estep’s direction. Once Berry and others transported the cocaine back to their stash locations in St. Mary’s County, Estep and others would cook portions of the cocaine into crack, and distribute the cocaine and crack throughout southern Maryland at Estep’s direction.
Estep stored the powder and crack cocaine in several locations, including 20141 Point Lookout Road in Great Mills, and 18310 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Estep and others sold the drugs at locations in southern Maryland, including at a building located at 15076 Point Lookout Road. The distribution of between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine, and between 280 and 840 grams of crack, were reasonably foreseeable to Estep.
Co-defendants Alrahman Sharif Allen, a/k/a “Rock” and “Rahman Allen;” Jamar Holt, a/k/a “Reds” and “Jamal Holt;” and Jeffrey Kirk Berry, a/k/a “Kojack,” previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and await sentencing.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah Jo Bressack and James A. Crowell, IV who prosecuted the case.