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Rico Toliver, 43, of Hyattsville, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for trafficking PCP and crack cocaine.

7:59 PM, May 10, 2012   |    comments
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GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- Rico Toliver, 43, of Hyattsville, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for trafficking PCP and crack cocaine.  Toliver had previously been convicted of five drug felonies.

According to trial evidence, between October 2009 and May 2010 Toliver conspired with Jacinto Bracmort, Ricky Moore and others to distribute the drugs in the Prince George's County, Maryland area. Toliver was overheard in a series of phone calls intercepted between February and April 2010 talking about the sale of PCP and crack cocaine to Moore and others. After calls in March 2010, agents watched Toliver drive to various locations to meet Moore to sell him the drugs.

Evidence also showed that in April 2010, Toliver drove to Memphis, Tennessee to buy powder cocaine from a supplier named "Reno". When he got back to Maryland the next day when he had an associate try to cook the powder into crack, Toliver discovered that the powder was not cocaine .  FBI agents then intercepted several phone calls in which Toliver threatened to kill Reno.   On May 1, FBI agents stepped in and arrested Toliver at a motel in Laurel and seized $5,271 in cash from him.

Trial testimony established that Toliver was responsible for distributing at least two gallons of PCP and over 280 grams of crack cocaine during the course of the conspiracy.  Evidence also showed that he had tried to obtain two kilograms of crack cocaine for distribution during the Memphis trip.

Jacinto Bracmort, 40, of Silver Spring, Md., was convicted by a jury of the same conspiracy and sentenced on April 24, 2012 to 10 years in prison. Ricky Moore, age 30, pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy and was sentenced to 57 months in prison.  Three other defendants have pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug conspiracy. 

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