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Prince George’s County Drug Dealer Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

Sold Drugs From His Suitland Auto Repair Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18 , 2013

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Kevin Leon Mormon, age 33, of Brandywine, Maryland, today to 25 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to evidence presented during Mormon’s three day trial, between July 2009 and June 2012, Mormon conspired with others in the Prince George’s County area to distribute crack and powder cocaine. Beginning in February 2012, the FBI began investigating Mormon’s distribution activity out of his Suitland business, Premier Auto Salon. In late March and early April a confidential source made two controlled purchases at Premier. The first purchase was $1,100 in powder cocaine bought from one of Mormon’s co-conspirators and the second was $1,200 in crack cocaine purchased from Mormon himself.

A witness testified that she began buying drugs from Mormon in 2009, purchasing between 2 to 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine once a month from the summer of 2009 to the end of 2010. Beginning in early 2011, the witness estimated that she increased the size and frequency of her crack purchases from Mormon to two to three times a month, in quantities of up to 12 ounces each occasion.

In November 2012, after Mormon had been indicted and while he was serving a six month sentence for a violation of supervised release from a previous federal conviction, FBI agents visited Mormon in prison, and he agreed to speak with them. The agents testified at trial that Mormon told them he had one main supplier for his cocaine, who provided “pretty good” quality cocaine powder for $36,000 per kilogram. Mormon said he bought a half-kilogram at a time and would buy at least weekly and sometimes as often as daily from his supplier. According to the agent’s testimony, Mormon admitted to selling to between 20 and 30 different customers at Premier, and admitted that he occasionally stored drugs in customer vehicles parked outside.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam K. Ake, who prosecuted the case.

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