News Release
For Immediate Release:
December 02, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Brothers, Career Offenders, are Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Trafficking in Crack Cocaine

DEC 02 -- A federal judge today sentenced Douglas Denson, 28, and Marcus Denson, 29, brothers who lived in Cranston, to ten years each in federal prison for trafficking in crack cocaine.  In February, DEA Task Force Agents seized crack cocaine and trafficking materials from the Densons’ apartment on Richard Street.  Both have at least two prior drug trafficking convictions and were sentenced as career offenders.

Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentences, which U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith imposed in U.S. District Court, Providence.

In June, Douglas and Marcus Denson pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine.  At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert said the government could prove that, on February 27, Task Force agents executed a search warrant at a second floor apartment on Richard Street, Cranston.  Before entering the apartment, agents saw Marcus Denson leave the rear of the house and conduct what appeared to be a drug sale nearby.  At about the same time, agents saw Douglas Denson arrive and enter the house.

After detaining Marcus Denson, agents used his keys to enter the apartment and found it unoccupied.  They seized a total of about 37 grams of crack cocaine, as well as drug trafficking equipment, including two digital scales that contained cocaine residue.

Agents subsequently found Douglas Denson hiding at the bottom of the stairs inside the front door of the building, knocking on the first floor apartment, saying, “let me in.”

Douglas Denson was convicted twice in 2007 in Providence County Superior Court of delivery of crack cocaine.  Marcus Denson was convicted of state drug-trafficking offenses in 2002 and 2006.  Under federal sentencing law, if a defendant convicted of drug trafficking has at least two prior felony convictions for crimes of violence or drug offenses, the defendant is considered a career offender, subject to enhanced sentencing.