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Top PCP Distributor In D.C. Gets Life Sentence

August 06, 2010  | 

Lonnell Glover has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his role as leader of what is thought to be the largest-ever Phencyclidine (PCP) distribution organization in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Glover has also been convicted of trafficking heroin and cocaine.

Additionally, Glover, 48, will forfeit $1.05 million in proceeds from his drug conspiracy.

In delivering the sentence, U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan described Glover as "the leader of the largest PCP ring ever in D.C."

In June 2010, U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle sentenced Glover to 20 years for his leadership role in a separate cocaine trafficking organization. These sentences run consecutively.

An associate of Glover—51-year-old Jerome Hampton of Upper Marlboro, Md.—was sentenced to 10 years and one month of imprisonment for his role in assisting Glover to transfer multiple gallons of PCP from California to the D.C. area. Hampton is the owner of Custom Interiors in Upper Marlboro.

Hampton permitted Glover to have multiple-gallon shipments of PCP sent to his business office, Custom Interiors. Glover would then retrieve the PCP from Hampton's business, and Glover would pay Hampton several thousands of dollars for his assistance. Hampton also sold some of Glover's PCP in the community.

In this case, from 2005 to 2007, the FBI conducted a long-term investigation, including months of electronic surveillance, which revealed that Glover was one of the largest regional suppliers of PCP and heroin in the area.

Between the months of February and June of 2007, Glover along with 25 other co-conspirators, obtained and distributed approximately 50 gallons of PCP in various locations in D.C. and Maryland. The PCP had a wholesale street value of more than $1 million.

During that same time period, Glover also obtained and distributed multiple kilograms of heroin in the D.C., area. On June 19, 2007, most of the co-conspirators were arrested in this investigation. Agents recovered more than $400,000 in U.S. currency, numerous firearms, several gallons of PCP, and a large amount of heroin. As a result of the investigation, approximately 32 individual defendants were charged for conspiracy to commit drug trafficking offenses.

On Nov. 3, 2008, Glover was convicted of conspiracy of distribution and possession with intent to distribute over one kilogram of PCP. Also, in November, after a bench trial, Judge Hogan determined that the defendant's Temple Hills residence was used to facilitate the drug conspiracy and therefore would be forfeited. Judge Hogan also required Glover to forfeit $1.05 million in proceeds. Hampton was convicted in October 2009 of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of PCP.

The investigation involved the FBI, the Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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