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Life in prison for PCP kingpin

Washington Post Editors

The head of a drug-trafficking network that supplied PCP, heroin and cocaine in the District and Maryland was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to forfeit $1.1 million in drug proceeds Thursday, ending the career of a man that U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan of Washington called "the leader of the largest PCP ring ever in D.C."

Lonnell Glover, 48, of Temple Hills, was convicted in Hogan’s court in Nov. 2008 for conspiring to distribute PCP after the FBI concluded that he distributed about 50 gallons of the drug over five months in 2007.

Glover was previously sentenced in June to serve another 20 years for his role in a separate cocaine ring.

Also sentenced Thursday by Hogan was Jerome Hampton, 52, to 10 years and one month in prison for conspiring with Glover to distribute PCP from his business, Custom Interiors, in Upper Marlboro. Hampton was convicted in Oct. 2009.

The investigation led to raids in June 2007 raids that recovered more than $400,000 in cash, firearms, gallons of PCP and kilograms in heroin, and arrested 32 alleged conspirators, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr., and federal and local law enforcement leaders.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 29, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Narcotics , Pr. George's , Spencer S. Hsu , The District  
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So this guy gets life in prison for selling PCP and a guy who spends his life selling alcohol by the truckload gets what? An American flag pin for his lapel from the Chamber of Commerce and a gold watch when he retires. This is equal protection under the law? Not even close. PCP actually is more dangerous than alcohol but not that much.

Posted by: cduwel | July 29, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

PCP actually is more dangerous than alcohol but not that much.

Posted by: cduwel | July 29, 2010 4:34 PM

Cant agree with that one. Have you ever know anyone jump out of a window or cut their own nuts off with broken glass after drinking too much? I know of both.

Posted by: ged0386 | July 29, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

@ cduwel: are you really that damned stupid? Were your parents closely related long before they were married? That might explain you and your thinking.

Posted by: madmike272 | July 29, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember a guy in Kentucky who got drunk and decided to go up an off ramp and slammed his pickup head on into a bus load of kids on their way to some kind of church outing and he killed 30 or so and walked away himself. The disparity between the way the law treats those who get high on alcohol and those who get high on anything else is unconstitutional. And stupid. And very popular.

Posted by: cduwel | July 30, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

If this is the biggest drug dealer ever in this very affluent area, then where is the money? $400K in cash, firearms, gallons of PCP and kilograms in heroin? 50 gallons of PCP? Come on. I find it hard to believe that the biggest drug dealer in this area has even been to Prince Georges County. Let alone, lived there.

Posted by: nate20011 | July 30, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

PCP, angel dust, sherm, wet, boat, dip, smack, butt naked, primo...., what ever its called, its THE MOST DANGEROUS AND DESTRUCTIVE DRUG OUT THERE! Its the only drug I've ever known somebody to die from or go super crazy off. Cops did us favor on this one.

Posted by: mossmillennium | July 30, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Welp....shutting down the "largest" PCP ring hasn't seemed to stop the drug from hitting the streets.

It's really ______ up how this dude got WAY more time than these worthless pedophiles get...

Posted by: Pat_E | July 30, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

PCP is a deadly drug that alters the mind and will have some not all with serious hallucination issues. i have read of mothers microwaving new born babies from being high off this particular drug choice. all in all, if this guy was white and selling heroin only instead of the cheap black folk drug he would be home in less than a few years but because he was selling the black folks drug choice, he gets life. if you sell crack you get life but sell heroin and get off scott free
this is really a screwed up justice system and I see why so many dont like the police or have respect for the law. I turned a killer in and its been over a year and they still have not given me my reward money thats why no one wnats to help the police out now. they dont play fair at all

Posted by: mariaalewis | July 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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