Large Scale Los Angeles PCP ‘Cook’ Sentenced to Life in Prison
GREENBELT, MD—U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Raymond Bullette III, age 34, of Los Angeles, California, today to life in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute large quantities of phencyclidine (PCP). Bullette had previously been convicted of five felony drug offenses in California since 1999 and was on supervised probation at the time of the offense.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration—Washington Field Division; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to evidence presented during his four day trial, in 2010, Maryland PCP distributors Ricky Holloway, Shawn Anthony and Don Campbell traveled to Los Angeles and bought two gallons of PCP from Bullette for $20,000. Bullette helped ship the PCP to Maryland. Thereafter and at least until August 2013, Bullette regularly made multiple-gallon shipments of PCP—typically packaged in paint cans—to Holloway in Maryland, who would then distribute the PCP to other coconspirators and his own customers in Prince George’s County, Maryland and surrounding areas.
Holloway paid Bullette for the PCP by depositing cash in bank accounts Bullette controlled or, later, by shipping cash in bulk to California. From September 2011 to September 2012, when their bank deposit method was compromised, Holloway arranged for $768,000 in cash deposits to be made in Maryland into Bullette’s accounts in payment for over 70 gallons of PCP.
On June 1, 2013, police in California came across a lab at which Bullette and two coconspirators were manufacturing PCP in the desert north of Los Angeles. Bullette fled into the desert that night as he saw police approach, but left behind his car, phone, documents and sufficient precursor chemicals to manufacture up to another 70 gallons of PCP.
Ricky Holloway, age 31, of Bowie, Maryland, Shawn Anthony, age 35, of Landover, Maryland and Don Juan Campbell, age 34 of Laurel, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug conspiracy. Holloway was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Anthony was sentenced to five years in prison. Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
In related cases, Richard Brown, age 29, and David Chittams, age 34, both of Lanham, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute phencyclidine (PCP), and were sentenced to 10 years and seven years in prison, respectively. Kyle Daniels, age 36, also of Landover, pleaded guilty to distribution of PCP and illegal possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 51 months in prison.
Ricky Lee Holloway’s younger brother, Richaco Fernandis Holloway, age 24, of Camp Springs, Maryland, was previously sentenced to 57 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a gun. According to testimony presented at Richaco Holloway’s two-day trial, on July 3, 2013, a music label belonging to Ricky Lee Holloway posted a video in which Richacho Holloway was filmed holding a .45 caliber handgun with an extended magazine. The video was shot at a building that had been converted into a music studio and doubled as a distribution hub for Ricky Lee Holloway’s PCP distribution operation. During a search conducted at the music studio during a takedown of Ricky Holloway’s PCP trafficking activity, agents recovered the firearm Richaco Holloway was filmed holding in the rap video. Richaco Holloway was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a 2008 conviction in Prince George’s County Circuit Court for robbery with a deadly weapon and for which he was on parole.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, DEA, Prince George’s County Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Adam K. Ake and Leah Jo Bressack, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.