MURDER USA: Two Drug Dealers Charged in Murder of Drug Dealer Alim Rahim; Killings Highlight Violence & Thuggery Gripping PG County
LARGO, MD. — According to an evening news report broadcast on May 18, 2016, (scroll to bottom) on WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. The news report pointed to the recent decriminalization of pot as fueling the murder rate in the suburban Washington county of Prince George’s as drug dealers fight to the death to fill the demand of pot heads as yet another murder took place.
With 33 slayings so far in 2016, the murder of a drug dealer near the Prince Georges Community College displayed how the criminally inclined pursue their craft of drug dealing and murder on the grounds of the educational institution designed to pull them from their binds of poverty, ignorance, and despair to a life of hope and opportunity.
According to advocates interviewed in this report and others, who wish to see the legalization of pot, the soaring murder rate in DC, PG (Pretty Gory) County and Baltimore are all for the failure to make pot legal.
Without holding PG County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks accountable for her pattern of dropped charges, Stet Dockets and plea deals with meaningless sentences, the WUSA news report focused on the “… 81 murders in 2015, a reversal of three years of steep declines…” and the assertion that the of the 31 murders so far in 2016 that 36 percent were linked to marijuana.”
The fact that the breakdown in black families, the lower than needed rate of incarceration for criminals in PG County and the liberal judges and prosecutors continuing to give light sentences is lost not only on the PG prosecutors but also the public, perhaps unaware, or, for some such as those interviewed in the WUSA segment, in favor of making pot legal.
To believe the views of the advocates of legalizing pot, the incentive for drug trafficking would vanish and those involved, like the two accused killers in this report, would start attending classes at the PG Community College instead of conducting drug murders in the parking lot. They would apply their newly gained knowledge from the college and become law-abiding and productive citizens instead of being ruthless dirtbag killers as they stand accused.
The Prince George’s Police reported on May 18, 2016, that their Homicide Unit detectives charged two suspects in connection with a fatal shooting at the college.
PG Police identified the suspects as 17-year-old Christopher Pineda of the 800 block of Narrowleaf Drive in Largo and 19-year-old Erik Parham Jr, of the 5900 block of H Street in Fairmount Heights. Pineda is being charged as an adult.
On May 8th, at about 9:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the 500 block of Harry S Truman Drive for a shooting. They found the victim, 22-year-old Alim Rahim, of 10106 Spring Water Lane, Upper Marlboro, Md., (when not in jail in Calvert or PG County) in a car suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Had he still be serving time on his latest conviction in Calvert County he might still be alive.
Preliminarily, PG Police says that the motive appears to be a marijuana-related robbery. The two suspects have admitted their involvement in the homicide and are charged with first-degree murder. They are in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.
Rahim pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted theft after being indicted by a Calvert County Grand Jury. The plea deal with the Calvert County States Attorney was struck on Oct. 27, 2014, and provided for a sentence of 4 years in prison with 2 years and 6 months suspended and three years of supervised probation, meaning that when Rahim was murdered by competing drug dealers, he wasn’t under that supervision. Eleven other charges of forgery and identity theft were dropped by the Calvert prosecutor on Oct. 26, 2015, according to court records. A pre-sentence investigation was sealed on that date, according to court records, and an order for was issued for probation – which led to him regaining his freedom to pursue a life of crime and meet his deadly end in a hail of gunfire – in an unexpected victory for the safety and welfare of Maryland citizens.
In Prince Georges County Circuit Court on May 28, 2013, a plea deal was struck by Prince Georges County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks that Rahim entered a guilty plea to theft and was sentenced to the PG County jail for 18 months with all but 49 days suspended and probation for 4 years with all other counts of the indictment dropped. Restitution to a burglary victim of $250 was ordered. By July 16, 2014, Rahim had violated the terms of his probation and on Nov. 5, 2014, was found guilty of that offense. A new sentence given by Circuit Court Judge Davey was given with 18 months in the PG jail and credit gave for 227 days of time served.
Rahim was found guilty of a burglary charge and entered a plea deal which he violated and on Nov. 6, 2014, Prince Georges County Circuit Court Judge Graydon S. McKee sent him to jail for 33 months to be served at the same time with his other accumulated sentences with credit given for time served.
This report from the Bowie Police Department described the burglary adventure that Rahim was convicted of committing on May 23, 2012:
On 5/23/12 at 1329 hrs. Bowie Units responded to the 2400 block of Panther Lane about a breaking and entering in progress. Prince George’s County Communications broadcasted that there were three unknown males breaking the glass to a door at this location. Once at that location, Bowie Units observed Arrested #1 fleeing from the rear of the home into a wooded area.
At this time, a brief foot chase ensued.
Multiple Bowie Units set up a perimeter in the area, and Prince George’s K-9 Units responded to assist and conduct a track of the area for all suspects. The track was successful; Arrested #1 was found and detained without incident. Also within the perimeter, Bowie Units stopped and identified Arrested #2 and #3 who fled from the home on Panther Lane.
All subjects were transported to the City of Bowie Police Station where they were interviewed further by Bowie CID Detective Welsh #35.
All that interviewed confessed to the crime and were transported to the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro, MD where they were processed and charged accordingly. There were no injuries reported and all property stolen was recovered.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION / ARRESTED: Arrested 1: Colin, Alex M/19 years old /Bowie Resident Arrested 2: Hopkins, Matthew M/ 18 years old/ Bowie Resident Arrested 3: Rahim, Alim M/18 years old/ Upper Marlboro Resident.
Maryland criminal record of Erik Dewayne Parham Jr., of 5911 H Street, Fairmont Heights, Md. Charged with murder of Rahim
Parham was charged with multiple traffic charges on June 19, 2015, in Prince Georges County District Court by PG Officer T. Kosakowski after he was captured following fleeing from a wreck on Harry S. Truman Drive while driving a 2004 Kia. Among the charges were ones for not having a permit, fleeing from a police officer on foot, failing to remain at the scene of a crash with property damage, hit and run from a crash involving bodily injury and others. On Dec. 7, 2015, PG County States Attorney Alsobrooks dropped all of the charges with no fine and no time.
Christopher Pineda is beginning his criminal career and at the age of 17, only has the current charges of murder and robbery of another drug dealer on his record thus far.
The WUSA report:
SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) — Veteran investigators in Prince George’s County searching for a cause behind a sharp spike in killings are increasingly talking about marijuana.
So far in 2015, the county has tallied at least a dozen murders that investigators believe are linked to the marijuana trade, according to statistics provided by the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office. When it comes to homicides in 2015, no other drug is even on the radar.
Decriminalization on both sides of the D.C. line has meant that possession of small amounts of weed no longer results in a trip to jail. But dealing any amount of marijuana remains a felony, and demand appears to be rising.
Investigators speculate the changes have resulted in turf battles, drug debts, and robberies that have too often become fatal in the black market for weed.
Prince George’s County logged 81 murders in 2015, a reversal of three years of steep declines.
In 2016, there have been 31 killings to date, with 36 percent of them linked to marijuana.