FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 13, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charge;
Crack Cocaine Found in Searches of Defendant and His Residence
-Defendant Arrested Weeks After Earlier Release From Jail-
WASHINGTON – Lacroix Floyd, 36, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a federal drug charge following the seizure of crack cocaine and other drugs during a U.S. Park Police investigation in September 2012, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Floyd pled guilty to a charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He appeared before the Honorable Ellen S. Huvelle in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces a likely range of about 21 to 27 years of incarceration, and the offense requires a mandatory term of 10 years of incarceration. In addition, the defendant has agreed to forfeit $4,109. Sentencing has been set for March 6, 2013.
According to the government's factual proffer and other evidence, on Sept. 18, 2012, the U.S. Park Police stopped Floyd in an automobile near the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. They ultimately discovered 13.4 grams of crack cocaine from a plastic bag that was secreted near the defendant’s buttocks and $109 in cash. The next day, Park Police officers performed a consensual search of an apartment where the defendant had been residing since his release from jail a few weeks earlier. At that apartment, in the 2300 block of Green Street SE, Park Police officers discovered digital scales, 457.1 grams of crack cocaine, 139.3 grams of powder cocaine, and $4,000 in cash.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the U.S. Park Police and the Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He also commended the efforts of those who assisted at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Brendan Tracz, Teesha Tobias, and Starla Stolk, and Legal Assistant Jessica Moffatt. He also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vincent Caputy, who indicted the case, Zia Faruqui who assisted with forfeiture issues, and Stephen J. Gripkey, who handled the case after the indictment as well as the plea.