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Drug dealer sentenced to more than 14 years in prison

- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2012

A mid-level drug dealer in a Northwest D.C. drug trafficking ring was sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison on Thursday.

Espey Brown Jr. pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine and one count of using, carrying and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.

"Espey Brown brought the volatile combination of drugs and guns to Shaw, putting its residents in danger," said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen in a press release. "A 14-year sentence is just punishment for the harm he inflicted on our community. His conviction — one of a dozen in this case — sends a powerful message about the futility and stupidity of selling drugs in the District."

After a three-year investigation by the FBI and District police, Brown and 17 others were arrested last year on conspiracy charges. Brown's primary drug supplier, 40-year-old Keith Gatson, pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced last month to 11 years and three months in prison.

Brown was arrested on Aug. 9 and admitted in his guilty plea to distributing cocaine between June 2008 and August 2011.

Most of the ring's activities occurred around 7th and O streets NW and in Prince George's County.

Brown will be on five years of supervised release after finishing his prison time.

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