supplier of drugs to DC and Prince George’s County Drug Conspiracy — Sentenced to over seven years in federal prison | USAO-MD
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang today sentenced Thomas Parker III, aka “June,” of Washington, DC, to 90 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin, powder and crack. Eight co-defendants have already pleaded guilty for their role in the drug conspiracy.
The sentence was announced by the Acting United States Attorney General for the District of Maryland, Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Chief Malik Azziz of the Prince George County Police Department; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division; and Charles Troy Berry County Sheriff.
According to Parker’s guilty plea, from September 2017 to July 2018, Parker and his co-conspirators distributed heroin, fentanyl, powder and crack to drug users and distributors in the Maryland and Maryland area. Washington. Specifically, Parker supplied heroin and cocaine to co-defendants Arsenio Cleckley (a major drug trafficker in Maryland and Washington, DC) and Diamante Hailey.
As detailed in his plea agreement, March 9, 2018, Parker and Cleckley spoke on the phone and Parker told Cleckley that he was serving time in a halfway house, but that a co-conspirator could supply Cleckley with drugs until Parker was released. Soon after, the co-conspirator sold heroin to Cleckley. Cleckley then complained to Parker that the heroin he got from the co-conspirator was too watered down. On March 12, 2018, Parker arranged to provide Cleckley with 28 grams of heroin and 31 grams of cocaine. The next day, Cleckley told Parker he wanted to buy “28 plus 10”, which meant he wanted 28 grams of heroin for himself and 10 grams of heroin for one of his associates. During the conversation, Cleckley again complained about the quality of the heroine he had previously obtained from the co-conspirator. Later on March 13, 2018, Cleckley called Hailey and told her that Cleckley had obtained 10 grams of heroin in Hailey’s name from Parker.
Parker also admitted that on March 15, 2018, he distributed 28 grams of heroin to Cleckley in exchange for $ 1,800. Cleckley then contacted Hailey to let her know that Cleckley was going to direct heroin users to Hailey’s location so that users could buy heroin from Hailey. Later that same day, Cleckley told Hailey that Cleckley intended to purchase an additional 28 to 30 grams of heroin from Parker that Cleckley could share with Hailey.
Between March 20 and May 25, 2018, Parker and Cleckley continued to negotiate drug deals, including a conversation where Cleckley asked Parker to lower the price he was charging for a gram of heroin, and conversations in which Parker informed Cleckley that Hailey and Cleckley owed him money. During one of those calls on May 25, 2018, Cleckley told Parker that he had recently “fallen into a hole” when one of Cleckley’s distributors, James Belt, was arrested in Accokeek, Maryland on May 18. 2018, with 32.5 grams of crack.
Co-accused Arsenio Cleckley, alias Bund, 32, from Acokeek, Maryland; Diamante Lacelle Hailey, alias Tay, 27, from Clinton, Maryland; James Belt, aka JB, 32, of Lanham, Maryland; Alphonso Leroy Anthony Black, aka Kobe, 25, from Temple Hills, Maryland; Terri Bordeaux, aka CeCe and aunt, 50, from Washington, DC; Christina Marshall, aka Chrissy, 32, from Acokeek; Devin Simmons, 42, of Marbury, Maryland; and William Stewart, aka Lil ‘Will, 24, also of Marbury, have all pleaded guilty in the past. Simmons, Belt, Hailey, Stewart and Black were sentenced to between five years in federal prison and jail time of about 22 months, each followed by three years of supervised release. The other defendants are expected to be sentenced within the next two months.
This case is part of an investigation by the Working Group on Combating Drugs against Organized Crime (OCDETF). The OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a multi-agency, prosecutor-led, intelligence-led approach that leverages federal law enforcement , state and local against criminal networks.
Acting US Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended HSI, the Prince George County Police Department, the DEA, and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Lenzner thanked Deputy US Prosecutors Erin B. Pulice and Jennifer L. Wine, who are pursuing the case.
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