5 charged with dealing fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine

  • Charles County,Prince George's County
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Greenbelt, MD -- Five people have been arrested and charged in connection with a drug ring that operated in Charles and Prince George's counties.

The Justice Department says they sold heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine.

The were federally charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances.

Facing charges are:

  • Anthony Kenneth Dotson, Jr., a/k/a Streetz, Ghost, and Rico, age 33, of Clinton, Maryland;
  • Marvin Windell Gray, a/k/a Marv, age 44, of Waldorf, Maryland;
  • James Anthony Harvey, Jr., a/k/a Fat Bread, and Patches, age 47, of King George, Virginia;
  • Marcellus Jerome Woodland, a/k/a Cellus, age 29, of Waldorf; and
  • Tiara Mackall, a/k/a Tee, age 26, of Waldorf.

Law enforcement also executed search warrants at eight locations used by the drug ring to prepare, store, and/or sell drugs and recovered six firearms, heroin, and fentanyl.

According to an affidavit filed in the investigation, Dotson supervised the operation, which used multiple cell phones (or “burner phones”) to conduct its drug trafficking activities and employs runners who sell fentanyl and heroin on Dotson’s behalf. 

The indictment alleges that Gray is a lieutenant in the organization and that Harvey, Woodland, and Mackall are runners.

The affidavit details numerous alleged drug transactions between Dotson and his suppliers, runners, and customers, using coded language, including controlled purchases of drugs made at the direction of law enforcement.  According to the affidavit, on January 7, 2018, a victim died after ingesting drugs allegedly supplied by Dotson.

 The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland determined that the victim died from fentanyl intoxication.  Further, the affidavit includes conversations between Dotson and others discussing the possession and/or purchase of firearms and ammunition.  Dotson is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of 40 years for the conspiracy and a maximum of 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

All the defendants, except for Mackall, are detained pending detention hearings scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2019.  Mackall was ordered to be released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.

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