Most Wanted: 2 more fugitives sought in massive drug operation

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U.S. marshals are looking for two more fugitives in a massive nationwide pot-dealing conspiracy that stored its drugs in warehouses in the Washington region.

David D'Amico and Jeffrey Putney are co-conspirators of a fugitive couple who were profiled in The Washington Examiner earlier this month.

The Drug Enforcement Agency says it wants D'Amico and Putney for conspiring to distribute and manufacture 1,000 kilos of marijuana.

EXAMINER'S MOST WANTED
The Washington Examiner has helped bring 50 fugitives to justice through its weekly spotlight on a wanted individual.

THIS WEEK'S MOST WANTED:
David D'Amico

Description: 5-feet-6; 175 pounds; aliases "Joe," "O.D.B."
Jeffrey Putney
Description: 6 feet; 150 pounds; aliases "Jeffy," "JP"

IF SPOTTED: Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can call the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 301-489-1717.

D'Amico oversaw the day-to-day operations of the $30 million, decadelong pot conspiracy, according to the feds, while Putney delivered the loads of marijuana.

Marshals deputies are turning to The Examiner's national network to help bring them in.

"We need The Washington Examiners' Internet readers help in locating D'Amico and Putney," said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals' Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "We're hoping the capture of any of these fugitives will help lead to the capture of the others."

A dozen members of the organization have already pleaded guilty in federal court in Greenbelt to working for the sprawling drug operation. Authorities said the group transported truckloads of marijuana from Northern California to warehouses around Baltimore, then shipped the illicit goods to midlevel dealers from Pennsylvania to Louisiana and Florida.

D'Amico is 5-foot-6 and 175 pounds. He has ties to Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami and Charlestown, Mass.

Putney is 6-foot and 150 pounds. He has ties to Baltimore and Santa Cruz, Calif.

Marshals continue to seek information on the alleged head of the organization, Matt Nicka, 38, and his girlfriend and assistant, Gretchen Peterson, 33.

Anyone with information abut the whereabouts of any of these fugitives can contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 301-489-1717.

Tips from Examiner readers have led directly to the arrests of 50 fugitives, including some as far away as New York and North Carolina.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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