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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 1, 2016
Rod J. Rosenstein
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Vickie E. LeDuc or Marcia Murphy

Gaithersburg Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Heroin to a Customer Who Died From Overdose

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Nathaniel Wright, Jr., age 58, of Gaithersburg, Maryland today to four years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, from at least June 2013 until his arrest in April 2015, Wright distributed heroin to heroin addicts. Wright had many customers who would purchase between one-half to two grams from him a week.

On June 14, 2013, Wright sold an individual a gram of heroin for $100. Later that evening and after ingesting the heroin, the individual died as a result of alcohol and narcotic intoxication.

Wright also admitted that on 16 occasions he sold a total of 22 grams of heroin to two confidential sources.

During his participation in the drug conspiracy, Wright was responsible for distributing between 400 and 700 grams of heroin.

Ronald Bryant, a/k/a “Dean,” age 46, of Montgomery Village, Maryland; Carlos Brandon Peoples, a/k/a “Los,” age 29, of Washington, D.C., and Carlisle Sampson Pipkin II, age 32, of Hanover, Maryland previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy. Bryant was sentenced to 46 months in prison. Peoples and Pipkin are scheduled to be sentenced on February 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. and March 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Mara Z. Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

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Field Division: Baltimore Field Division