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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Prince George's County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime



Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Darrell Glenn Watkins, age 44, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, today to 120 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances and a Controlled Substance Analogue and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

The sentencing was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on January 8, 2016, members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Prince George’s County (Maryland) Police Department, and Maryland National Capital Park Police executed a state search warrant at the residence of Defendant, Prior to the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement conducted three controlled purchases of cocaine base from Watkins in late 2015. During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement recovered approximately 1,506 grams of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance; approximately 12.7 grams of cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance; approximately 1,016.56 grams of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance; approximately 37 grams of XLR-11, a Schedule I controlled substance analogue and $95,200 in U.S. currency. Watkins also knowingly possessed the loaded Ruger pistol in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended ATF, Maryland-National Capital Park Police and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Sykes and Thomas M. Sullivan, who prosecuted the federal case.

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