Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced to 35 Years Imprisonment
(Richmond, Va) - Denard Edward Carrington, 22, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge James R. Spencer to 420 months’ incarceration for a drug trafficking crime and related firearms offenses. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and James R. Gregorious, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Richmond District Office announced the sentence.
On October 4, 2009, the morning his trial was scheduled to begin, Carrington pled guilty to Possession of Firearms and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. On October 6, 2009, after all of the evidence had been presented at the trial, Carrington pled guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of Cocaine Hydrochloride and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. Carrington was found guilty by a jury later that day of Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.
According to court testimony, in the days leading up to April 21, 2009, law enforcement officials, including members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Richmond Police Department, began an investigation into the narcotics distribution activities of Denard Edward Carrington, a/k/a “Bird,” and others.
On April 21, 2009, a federal search warrant was executed at 1707 Peter Paul Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia, a single-family residence where Carrington resided with another individual. As a result of the execution of that search warrant, Richmond Police detectives and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration recovered from inside the bedroom Carrington shared with another individual more than 500 grams of cocaine hydrochloride; digital scales with cocaine and marijuana residue on them; drug packaging materials; documents with Carrington’s name on them; a money counter; a safe; $57,021.00 in U.S. currency; a fully automatic Mac-10 Machine Gun; an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle; and assorted jewelry valued at $32,760.00. In addition, a Glock 31 .357 caliber handgun was recovered from inside a toilet bowl in the bathroom of the master bedroom.
At the time entry was made into the residence, Carrington ran from the living room to the bedroom, and jumped out of a rear window. He was apprehended in the back yard of the residence.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.