United States District Court, District of Columbia
MEMORANDUM OPINION ON DETENTION
ROSEMARY M. COLLYER, United States District Judge
Gaddy Little faces drug and gun charges in this Court.
See Indictment [Dkt. 1]. He was arrested on
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and appeared for his initial
hearing before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson on Thursday,
January 12, 2017. At that time, the government orally moved
to have Mr. Little held without bond, which motion the Judge
temporarily granted, pending a detention hearing to be held
on Friday, January 13, 2017. At the conclusion of the
detention hearing, Magistrate Judge Robinson ordered Mr.
Little released on the condition of home confinement with
limited exceptions and without location monitoring. The
Government filed a motion for an emergency stay and for
review and appeal of the release order, Mot. for Emergency
Stay [Dkt. 6], on Friday afternoon, which this Court granted.
See 1/13/17 Minute Order. A hearing on bond review
was held at the soonest possible date (Wednesday, January 18,
2017), at which time this Court ordered Mr. Little's
detention pending trial pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3142.
Section 3142(e) allows a court to hold a defendant pending
trial, but a judicial officer entering a detention order must
“include written findings of fact and a written
statement of the reasons for the detention.” 18 U.S.C.
§ 3142(i)(1). This memorandum opinion makes those
findings and explains the reasons for Mr. Little's
the hearing on January 18, 2017, the Government presented an
oral proffer that summarized and expanded on its arguments to
detain Mr. Little, as previously presented in its written
Motion for Emergency Stay. With the exception of the quantity
of PCP charged, these facts were not seriously disputed by
1. Mr. Little was indicted on December 8, 2016, with one
count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute
Phencyclidine (PCP) in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§
844(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(iv); one count of Possession with
the Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base, also known as
“crack, ” in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§
844(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C); one count of Unlawful Possession
of a Firearm and Ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §
922(g)(1); and one count of Possessing a Firearm During or in
Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense, in violation of 18
U.S.C. § 924(c).
2. As indicated above, Mr. Little was not arrested for the
indicted crimes until January 11, 2017.
3. Three months earlier, on October 11, 2016, at
approximately 1:17 p.m., Mr. Little was driving on Suitland
Parkway in Maryland with his co-defendant Tiffany Mack and
their two children, a 7-month-old and a three-year-old. Mr.
Little drove the car over the concrete median into oncoming
traffic and struck a pickup truck head on. The truck flipped
multiple times. Emergency personnel transported the truck
driver, Mr. Little, and the two children to the hospital. The
driver of the truck later died. Mr. Little suffered a broken
leg, broken pelvis, and broken ribs.
4. United States Park Police officers investigating the crash
scene recovered a plastic bag containing a Newport cigarette
pack on the ground directly outside and below Mr.
Little's seat as driver of the car. The officers report
that it contained a one-ounce vial that was 1/3 full of PCP
and two plastic bags that contained 10.5 grams of crack. In
addition, the vehicle contained numerous packs of Newport
cigarettes and some purple latex gloves.
5. Eight days later, on October 19, 2016, the Park Police
officers executed a search warrant at the residence where Mr.
Little and Ms. Mack live. Mr. Little was out of the hospital
and present, but recumbent on a mattress on the floor in
front of the living room couch; his injuries prevented him
from rising. During the search, the officers looked under the
cushions of the couch and, from under the cushion nearest Mr.
Little's head, retrieved a Taurus .45 caliber pistol,
loaded with nine rounds and wrapped in a purple latex glove.
Mr. Little spontaneously said, “if it's a .45,
it's mine.” Also located on the sofa was a plastic
bag containing $504 in cash.
6. From various locations in the kitchen, the officers
a. Twenty-one (21) vials appearing to contain some amount of
PCP, several empty glass vials, and numerous pink empty zip
b. Crack in the amount of 6.4 grams, a 3-ounce vial that
appeared to be PCP, more than 20 empty glass vials, and boxes
of purple latex gloves;
c. An extended magazine for a Glock .40 caliber pistol, 140
rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, a box of .45 caliber
ammunition, .38 caliber ammunition, and mail matter in Mr.
d. Eighteen (18) empty glass vials, numerous unused pink zip
lock bags, an eye dropper, latex gloves, and razor blades;
e. A Taurus .45 caliber magazine loaded with 10 rounds of
7. Mr. Little waived his Miranda rights and told
the officers that he had purchased the Taurus .45 caliber gun
approximately two-and-one-half weeks earlier for protection.
He also stated that the vials in ...