District Heights Man Sentenced to over 11 Years in Prison on Gun and Drug Charges

March 7, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow, sentenced Tyrone McDowney, age 43, of District Heights, Maryland, today to 135 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a gun.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Acting Special Agent in Charge Rich Marianos of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Washington Field Division; Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department; and Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police.

According to McDowney’s guilty plea, on seven occasions from December 5, 2008 through August 26, 2009, McDowney sold, and facilitated the sale, of crack cocaine and firearms to a source. Each time, the source met McDowney and his co-conspirators at an auto repair shop in Temple Hills, Maryland, where the sale would take place. During that time, McDowney and his co-conspirators sold the source over a pound of crack cocaine for $10,600 and seven guns for $3,200, including a semi-automatic machine gun

Co-defendants, Corenzo Mobery, age 28, of District Heights, Maryland, and Lawrence Mallory, age 33, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to the same charges and were sentenced to 125 and 120 months in prison, respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, ATF, MPD and Virginia State Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Mara Zusman Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

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