Kenneth Cortez Minor sentenced to 14 years

U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Kenneth
Cortez Minor, age 46, of Washington, D.C. today to 14 years in
prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to
distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District
of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, from 2004 to January 1, 2006, Minor
was part of a drug trafficking conspiracy which operated in
Montgomery County, Maryland. Minor was responsible for the
distribution of between 3.5 and 5 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride.

When Metropolitan Police officers entered Minor’s residence on
February 2, 2006 and ascended the stairs to approach Minor’s
bedroom, Minor fired two shots from a Highpoint Luger 9mm
handgun toward the closed door of his bedroom, which lodged in a
door frame and stairway wall. Officers did not return fire. Minor
barricaded himself inside the bedroom for about 1 ½ hours before
surrendering. A search of the residence revealed 88.9 grams of
PCP which Minor intended to distribute, the handgun used by Minor,
a .40 caliber handgun and drug paraphernalia.

Jerrod Clanton, age 36, of Washington, D.C.; Thomas Chatmon,
age 43, of Gaithersburg, Maryland; and Brandon O’Neil Hall, age 24, of Severn, Maryland also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and were sentenced to 151 months, 10 years and 135 months in prison,
respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug
Enforcement Administration, Montgomery County Department of
Police and the Metropolitan Police Department for their investigative
work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney Barbara S.
Skalla, who prosecuted the case.

Source: United States Department Of Justice

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