District Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Attempting to Buy Cocaine from Undercover Police Officer
WASHINGTON—Robert Walker, 31, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to five years in prison on a felony charge stemming from his attempt to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer, Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. announced.
Walker pled guilty in February 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to a charge of unlawful possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. He was sentenced by the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Upon completion of his prison term, Walker will be placed on four years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, on several occasions in 2014, Walker had conversations in person and on the phone with a person who was an undercover officer from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to discuss the purchase of a kilogram of cocaine. He ultimately agreed to purchase the kilogram, and on July 18, 2014, at about 7:10 p.m., he met the undercover officer in the 6000 block of Kansas Avenue NW. Walker stated that he would pay $15,000 immediately for the kilogram and pay the remaining $15,000 owed in three days.
Walker further stated that he needed until 8:30 p.m., to obtain the money. He left the area to retrieve the money. At about 8:45, he returned, showing the undercover officer a large amount of U.S. currency that he said totaled $17,000; it actually was $16,967. He gave the money to the undercover officer and was subsequently arrested. In a search of the defendant’s person, officers recovered a quantity of marijuana and crack cocaine, along with another $847 in U.S. currency. The money was seized by law enforcement.
In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen commended the work of the officers from the Metropolitan Police Department who worked on the case. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory V. Cole, who investigated and prosecuted the case.