Annapolis-based drug dealer sentenced to prison

Will also forfeit cars, jewelry after drugs, guns found in home

February 07, 2014|By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun

A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison and ordered to forfeit luxury cars, jewelry and more than $25,000 in cash.

U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Donwand Cuppatino Harmon, 37, of Annapolis, who in a plea agreement said that he had conspired to distribute heroin in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County.

"Heroin is a powerful drug that is affecting communities, destroying lives and tearing apart families," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis said in a prepared statement. "I am committed to collaborating with our law enforcement partners on a local, state and federal level in an effort to rid our neighborhoods of this drug and to take distributors off the streets and this case is an example of that."

U.S. Marshals deputies arrested Harmon in August at a residence in Suitland, where agents found about 206 grams of crack cocaine in the freezer and a total of more than 1,100 grams of heroin in a 20-ton shop press and a dining room closet. Elsewhere in the house, they found six kilograms of cocaine, three firearms and ammunition, cash, jewelry and tally sheets for suspected drug transactions.

Harmon will forfeit a 2010 Porsche Panamera, a 2008 Mercedes Benz CL550 and a Breitling watch with a diamond face and band, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

An associate, Damian Brown, pleaded guilty to the same charge on Monday, and is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

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