A Bethesda man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for dealing powder and crack cocaine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.
Federal prosecutors said Xavier Eccleston, 35, re-distributed between 500 grams and five kilograms of powder cocaine and 28 grams of crack cocaine per month between June 2010 and September 2011.
Eccleston sold the drugs in Montgomery County, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. He bought the drugs from suppliers in Prince George’s County, including from a Landover crack house, according to the release.
Eccleston sometimes arranged the drug deals over the phone, prosecutors said.
A federal judge found that Eccleston obstructed justice, according to the release, after a witness testified at trial that Eccleston told him to testify that Eccleston only used, and didn't sell, cocaine.
Eccleston assaulted and threatened the man, according to the release.
Eccleston was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute powder and crack cocaine, four counts of possession with intent to distribute the drugs and use of a telephone to further the drug activity.