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Westernport Man Sentenced To Federal Prison

February 7th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Joseph Leroy Miles, Sr., age 63, of Westernport, Maryland, to nine years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Judge Chasaow sentenced co-conspirator Jovan Brian Lancaster, age 32, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, to eight years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.  The sentencing hearings were held on February 6, 2017.

The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Acting Chief Bob Rappoport of the Rockville City Police Department; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

  According to Miles’ plea agreement, from March to April 30, 2015, Miles conspired with others to distribute cocaine and crack.  Miles purchased the cocaine from George Earl Gee and others in Silver Spring to distribute to his customers in Westernport and the surrounding area.  On March 1, 2015, law enforcement overheard Miles talking to Gee by phone to arrange to meet near Bel Pre Square in Silver Spring, Maryland to purchase crack and cocaine. Miles then met with the Gee and bought three and a half ounces of powder cocaine for $4,200.  Miles redistributed the drugs to his customers in Westernport.  At a second meeting on April 30, Miles bought 62 grams of crack for $2,400 and began to travel back from Silver Spring to Westernport with an associate to sell the drugs. Montgomery County Police officers stopped the vehicle and seized 62 grams of crack from the associate, to whom Miles had given the drugs to hide.

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