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Frederick Man Sentenced to Almost Six Years in Prison for Distributing Drugs to a Minor

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September 19, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced James Monroe Davis, age 25, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today to 71 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distributing narcotics to a minor.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.

According to Davis’ plea agreement, in early April 2010, Davis began selling marijuana to Duane Mason, a known pimp and drug dealer. On April 22, 2010, a girl under the age of 16 was reported missing by her family. Davis introduced the girl to Mason. With Davis present, Mason took sexually suggestive photographs of the girl together with a prostitute who worked for Mason. On April 25, 2010, Mason, Davis and the prostitute posted the photographs online in the “escort” section of a website. The posting contained three images of the minor victim in sexually suggestive poses and a photograph of the prostitute.

From April 22 to April 26, 2010, Davis supplied marijuana to Mason and the minor victim. Davis was also present on April 26, 2010 when an undercover police officer called a number provided in the online posting and arranged a “date” with the minor victim. Law enforcement observed Mason rent a room at a Gaithersburg motel, then return to the location where the undercover officer had been instructed to meet the minor victim. Davis, the prostitute and the minor victim were in the vehicle being driven by Mason. The minor victim entered the undercover officer’s vehicle and the officer gave her $200. The minor victim instructed the undercover officer to drive to the motel, and Mason followed them to that location. The minor victim got out of the car, gave the $200 to the prostitute, who gave the money to Mason. Mason, Davis and the prostitute were arrested. In Mason’s vehicle, officers recovered marijuana, crack cocaine and one of the $100 bills provided to the minor by the undercover officer. The second $100 bill was in Davis’ possession.

Duane Mason, age 36, of Frederick, Maryland, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor and was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit www.justice.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and the Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation and recognized the Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County Police Department for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mara Zusman Greenberg and Rachel M. Yasser, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney LisaMarie Freitas, assigned from the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, who prosecuted the case.

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