Brothers sentenced for distributing cocaine in Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two brothers were sentenced Tuesday for distributing cocaine base to a number of individuals in the Baltimore and Anne Arundel County areas.

Ernst Harmon, age 37, of Annapolis, was sentenced to 198 months in prison and Dontaye Harmon, age 40, of Baltimore, was sentenced to 125 months in prison. Both sentences are followed by five years of supervised release.

The judge also ordered Ernst Harmon to forfeit a 2004 Land Rover truck, a 1999 Dodge Caravan and $4,050 in cash.

Police say Dontaye and Ernst Harmon ran a drug shop operating out of the projects located at 920 President Street in Annapolis. Law enforcement saw Ernst and Dontaye outside the drug shop regularly making hand-to-hand transactions with customers, according to police. Ernst was overheard making sales of cocaine base with customers, arranging deals with Dontaye and warning Dontaye about the police.

"We are proud of the excellent work and partnerships that resulted in removing two violent offenders from our streets," said Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop. "This is significant for public safety in Annapolis."

It was reasonably foreseeable to Ernst and Dontaye that the conspiracy distributed at least 280 grams of cocaine base, officials said in a news release.

Ernst Harmon also faces attempted murder charges in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for the September 9, 2012 shooting of two individuals in Annapolis.


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