Federal criminal complaints have been filed charging six Prince George’s County men with gun and drug crimes, as a result of a joint investigation by ATF, DEA and the Prince George’s County Police Department that targeted armed drug dealers in Prince George’s County.
In addition, over 150 members of law enforcement executed 12 search warrants at locations in and around Prince George’s County on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. As a result of those searches, law enforcement recovered five firearms and 205 rounds of ammunition, over 300 grams of crack cocaine, 1.94 kilos of PCP, approximately $30,000 in cash, as well as codeine and marijuana.
The charges were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division (ATF); Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Field Division (DEA); and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD).
“ATF and our federal and local law enforcement partners will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of violent offenders in Prince Georges County,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr.
Three brothers are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP). The defendants are: Ricky Lee Williams, a/k/a Slick, Pullaman, and Stacy, age 26; James Ricardo Williams, a/k/a Snipe, age 27; and Brooks Everett Williams, age 25, all of Forestville, Maryland. Ricky Lee Williams is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The criminal complaint was filed on June 28, 2016.
James Williams, Thompson and Bradley were arrested today. Law enforcement is still looking for Ricky and Brooks Williams and Darrell Pinkney.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the Williams’ criminal complaint, the defendants conspired to distribute crack cocaine and PCP in Prince George’s County from September 2015 until the June 2016. Specifically, the affidavit alleges that in September and October 2015, an ATF source made controlled purchases of crack cocaine and a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, respectively, from Ricky Williams. The meetings between the source and Ricky Williams were recorded. Ricky Williams has a prior felony conviction and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. In addition, the affidavit details phone calls overheard by law enforcement, in which Ricky, James and Brooks Williams, discuss their distribution of PCP.
The charges against Thompson, Bradley and Pinckney were filed after search warrants were executed at their residences.
James Williams, Thompson and Bradley had initial appearances today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. The defendants were detained pending detention hearings scheduled for next week.
If convicted, the Williams’ face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the drug conspiracy. Ricky Williams, Thompson and Bradley face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thompson and Pinkney each face a maximum of 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Thompson also faces a mandatory minimum of five years consecutive to any other sentence imposed, and up to life in prison for using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
A criminal complaint is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ATF, DEA and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked the Metropolitan Police Department, Maryland National Capital Park Police and U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael T. Packard and Thomas M. Sullivan, who are prosecuting the case.