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Temple Hills drug dealer sentenced to serve 27 years

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Published on: Wednesday, April 03, 2013

By Jim Davis

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced a Temple Hills drug dealer to 27 years in prison after he was found guilty for the distribution of at least three kilograms of PCP, 28 grams of crack cocaine and 100 grams of heroin.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced the sentencing of Samuel Braxton, 44, who was a career offender based on two previous drug convictions.

According to Braxton’s guilty plea, from at least June 2010 through February 2012, Braxton was a part of a drug trafficking conspiracy based in and around Temple Hills. Braxton regularly received multi-ounce to quarter-gallon quantities of PCP from his sources and would then add starter fluid or other chemicals to the PCP to increase its quantity.

Also during this time, Braxton received heroin and crack and powder cocaine from his sources of supply. Braxton converted a portion of the powder cocaine into crack.

Braxton sold the PCP, heroin, and crack to regular drug customers in the Washington , D.C., metropolitan area, including Prince George ’s County.

From November 2011 through January 2012, Braxton was intercepted, on a court-ordered wiretap of his phone, on more than 600 drug-related telephone conversations during which he and other co-conspirators discussed the sale of and arranged drug transactions involving PCP, heroin, crack, cocaine and marijuana.

On at least two occasions, a cooperating source purchased PCP from Braxton at his apartment in Temple Hills.

Law enforcement seized PCP that Braxton had supplied to co-conspirators. Law enforcement agencies also seized drugs from Braxton’s bowling alley locker and other locations where Braxton stored the PCP.

Braxton was overheard by law enforcement on more than one occasion directing his minor son to put a bag or other receptacle containing PCP into his bowling alley locker. A witness also saw Braxton take PCP from his bowling alley locker and put it into his son’s lunchbox, directing his son to bring the lunchbox to Braxton’s apartment.

Related story: Fort Washington man sentenced to 10 years for drug trafficking

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