Examples of Gaming Investigations - Fiscal Year 2011
The following examples of gaming investigations are written from public record documents on file in the court records in the judicial district in which the cases were prosecuted.
Ringleader in Southern Maryland Cocaine Conspiracy Sentenced
On May 4, 2011, in Greenbelt, Md., Rodney Matthew Estep, aka “Barney Fife,” of Mechanicsville, Maryland, was sentenced to 168 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and fifty grams, or more, of crack cocaine, money laundering, and conducting an illegal gambling business. According to Estep’s guilty plea, Estep received kilogram quantities of cocaine from sources in Maryland, Georgia, and elsewhere. In addition, Estep conducted financial transactions to conceal the source, ownership, and control of between $400,000 and $1 million in proceeds from the narcotics distribution conspiracy. These financial transactions included depositing checks and cash into personal and business accounts that Estep controlled and using those funds to purchase a truck, which was used to deliver cocaine to a source, a custom motorcycle, and a bar/restaurant, among other things. Estep and others also conducted an illegal gambling operation, which included games of dice. To date, 14 of 15 defendants charged in this conspiracy have pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug and gambling operations.