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Friday, November 2, 2012
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Owner of Northwest Washington Carry-Out
Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution Charge
-Defendant and Others Sold Cocaine Out of the Store-
WASHINGTON – Suk in Hyun, 53, has pled guilty to distributing cocaine out of the D.C. Fish Carryout store, a business that he operated in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Hyun, of Centreville, Va., pled guilty on Nov. 1, 2012 to the lead felony count in an indictment against him. The guilty plea came immediately following the government’s cross-examination of the defendant during a week-long trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Hyun faces a statutory maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both. The Honorable Michael Ryan scheduled sentencing for Jan. 18, 2013.
According to the government’s evidence, Hyun conspired with Timothy Hill, 25, and Craig McKoy, 44, to sell crack cocaine out of the store, in the 3400 block of 14th Street NW. Hyun operates the business as a sole proprietor. Beginning in July 2011, Hyun entered into an agreement with the two men in which Hill and McKoy paid Hyun money in exchange for Hyun arranging for cocaine sales to take place inside the store and outside the view of police.
Approximately 10 to 15 times per day, seven days a week, McKoy met with cocaine users in the 3400 to 3600 blocks of 14th Street NW and brought them to the D.C. Fish Carryout store. There, in exchange for a fixed monetary fee, Hyun placed a telephone call to a cocaine dealer to come to the store and sell the drug user cocaine. Hill brought the cocaine to the store and made the physical transfer of the narcotic to the purchaser. After the illegal drug sale was made inside of Hyun’s store, Hill paid Hyun a percentage of each sale that was made.
On Dec. 8, 2011 and Dec. 15, 2011, two Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers made undercover purchases of crack cocaine inside the store. In both instances, Hyun facilitated in the sale by arranging for the officers to meet with the drug dealer and profited from the drug transaction. McKoy participated in the Dec. 8, 2011 drug transaction, and Hill participated in the Dec. 15, 2011 drug transaction.
On Feb. 2, 2012, authorities executed a search warrant at the store, leading to the recovery and seizure of 17 digital, pocket scales used in the measuring of illegal narcotics, tens of thousands of zip lock bags used in the packaging of narcotics, and more than one pound of the federally prohibited narcotic commonly known as “K2,” which is a synthetic cannabinoid.
Hill and McKoy, both of Washington, D.C., earlier pled guilty to charges in the case. Hill pled guilty to the distribution of cocaine, and is currently serving an 18-month sentence for this offense in addition to a 30-month sentence for the unlawful possession of a firearm in another case. McKoy, pled guilty to the attempted distribution of cocaine. He is currently incarcerated and is awaiting sentencing.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the officers who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Shirrel Jackson, Victim Advocate Melissa Milam, Information Technology Specialists Jeanie Latimore-Brown and Paul Howell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Kravis and Roger Kemp, who investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Zwicker, who prosecuted the case.