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A Bethesda cocaine dealer was sentenced Wednesday to 17 and a half years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. sentenced Xavier Eccleston, 35, of Bethesda, to 210 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute powder and crack cocaine, and multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute the drugs and use of a telephone to further the drug activity, according to documents announcing his sentencing from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

Eccleston bought powder cocaine from his suppliers in the Kentlands area of Prince George’s County from June 2010 to September 2011, according to the statement.

The jury had found Eccleston responsible for redistributing between 500 grams and five kilograms of powder cocaine and 28 grams of crack cocaine per month during the 16-month conspiracy, using a telephone at times to arrange the drug sales, according to the statement announcing his sentencing.

A cooperating witnesses testified that Eccleston had assaulted him and threatened the cooperator’s family unless the cooperating witness agreed to lie to the jury and testify that Eccleston was only a user of cocaine and not a distributor, according to the release.

Judge Williams also enhanced Eccleston’s sentence upon finding that he obstructed justice.

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