Annapolis heroin dealer sentenced to 17 years in prison

BALTIMORE - An Anne Arundel County drug dealer was sentenced on Friday to more than 17 years in prison for bulk possession and distribution of heroin.

Donwand Cuppatino Harmon, 37, of Annapolis, also will serve five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore. He must forfeit nearly $30,000 in cash, a 2010 Porsche and a 2008 Mercedes Benz.


Harmon was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin with intent to sell. Law enforcement officials said Harmon conspired with a second defendant, Damian Brown, to sell the drug in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County from August 2012 to August 2013.

Brown pleaded guilty to the same charge on Feb. 3. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 17, officials said.


Police first attempted to arrest Harmon in June outside a Baltimore motel, but he escaped. He was arrested in August outside a residence in Suitland.

Search warrants on the Baltimore motel room used by Harmon and on the residence outside Washington led police to tens of thousand of dollars in cash, some of which was wrapped in tin foil, law enforcement officials said.

More than 500 grams of heroin was discovered in a 20-ton shop press, officials said. More than 600 grams of heroin was found in a dining room closet and there was 200 grams of crack cocaine in a freezer.

At the residence, police found more than 6 kilograms of cocaine, three guns, seven cellphones and tally sheets of suspected narcotics sales.

Harmon admitted that he was responsible for distributing at least 1 kilogram of heroin.