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Posted August 28, 2012 | 2 Comments
Two plead guilty to drug charges in federal court
By Joe Beck -- email@example.com
A Bladensburg, Md. man identified in court records as a major supplier of drugs to the Front Royal area for 10 years filed a guilty plea in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiring to possess and sell at least one kilogram of a substance containing PCP and at least 280 grams of a substance containing crack.
Barnett Southall Dillman Jr. signed a statement of facts that recounts "a well-established business model" he used to keep a steady supply of drugs flowing to Front Royal from the backyard of his parents' Bladensburg home over many years.
A second man, Thomas Steven Lewis, also pleaded guilty to the same crime as Dillman, plus three other drug dealing counts linked to the same conspiracy.
Statements of facts accompanying the pleas submitted by Dillman and Lewis described them as members "of an informal and loose association of more than a dozen individuals who would join together to obtain these drugs for their own use and redistribution."
Dillman's operation came under increasing scrutiny by law enforcement between October 2009 and his arrest in November 2011, according to the online court document. During that period, several law enforcement agencies made seven controlled buys of drugs in amounts ranging in amounts ranging from 3.2 grams of crack to three items totaling 45 grams of PCP.
The government would have entered a trial with more than 18 witnesses available to testify about the conspiracy, according to online court records.
"These witnesses would testify to their knowledge and participation in traveling alone and with others to meet Dillman at 4915 Newton Street in Prince George's County in Maryland for the purpose of obtaining crack and PCP," court records stated.
The statement of facts traces the origins of the conspiracy back to around 2001 when Dillman took over drug dealing operations in Front Royal from a close friend who had been shot in the face and died five years later from complications stemming from the injuries.
Lewis was 15 years old at the time he first met Dillman with a co-conspirator in late 2008, according to the statement of facts.
"Following that first distribution, Lewis undertook a course of dealing directly with Dillman, traveling alone and with other consprators, until Lewis was arrested on juvenile charges of robbery and grand larceny on Oct. 7, 2009," the court record states.
Before his arrest, Lewis obtained PCP in amounts of one ounce from Dillman at least 40 times, according to the statement of facts.
Lewis remained in custody until Sept, 16, 2011 and within two weeks was back obtaining PCP and crack from Dillman, the court record states.
On Oct. 12, 2011, Lewis was again arrested after a traffic accident and subsequent investigation in which he was found to be possessing PCP, according to the court record.