- The Washington Times - Friday, February 24, 2012

A mid-level drug dealer pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a drug trafficking ring that operated in Northwest D.C. and Prince George’s County, officials said Thursday.

Espey Brown Jr., 37, is one of 17 people arrested in 2011 after the nearly three-year investigation by the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to possess and distribute 28 grams of cocaine base and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, prosecutors in U.S. District Court in the District said.

According to his plea agreement, Brown mostly purchased cocaine and crack from one Silver Spring supplier and in turn sold the drugs to street-level dealers who operated around the area of 7th and O streets in Northwest.

When law enforcement officials raided several locations in August to break up the drug ring, they confiscated approximately one-half kilogram of cocaine, one-quarter kilogram of crack cocaine, and one pound of marijuana.

Authorities also seized four vehicles, more than $600,000 in cash, and six guns.

Brown is the fifth person in the case to plead guilty to the charges, according to public court records. He faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison for the charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22.

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