Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Laundering Drug Money for Arlington Meth Ring
Authorities Seek Help Locating Fugitive Distributor in Large Meth Ring
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A lawyer associated with a large crystal meth ring in Arlington, Va., pled guilty to laundering the ring’s drug money, including using the cash to hire legal counsel for a co-conspirator.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Office of Investigations in Washington, D.C.; Ava Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s Washington Division; and M. Douglas Scott, Arlington Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Anthony J. Trenga.
Brian Chase Malady, 42, of Rochester, N.Y., pled guilty on Feb. 25, 2010, to conspiring to commit money laundering and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 28, 2010.
According to court documents, Malady is part of a Arlington meth ring that distributed large amounts of crystal meth throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area. Supplied by a source in Atlanta, Ga., the conspirators would receive regular shipments of five to seven pounds of meth and would distribute it in amounts ranging from an “8-ball” (3.5 grams) up to one-half ounce (14 grams). Malady agreed to keep excess drug profits of a co-conspirator, Mark Cryer, 37, of Arlington, Va., that was concealed in carry-on luggage that Cryer would provide to Malady. After Cryer’s arrest in September 2007, Malady provided approximately $55,000 in excess drug profits to another co-conspirator to pay legal fees to attorneys representing Cryer.
Nine members of the conspiracy have been charged to date, and authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating another member of the conspiracy who has been charged but remains a fugitive:
Shawn Michael Morris (also known as Shawn Gregory Morris) is a white male, 34, known to reside in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga. Anyone with information regarding this individual is encouraged to call ICE’s tip line at 1-800-XSECTOR (1-800-973-2867) or call the local DEA office. If you see this individual, DO NOT APPROACH HIM. Write down a description and any vehicle information and contact police, ICE or the DEA.
Other members of the conspiracy include:
- Jeffrey Dye, 47, of Atlanta, Ga., pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30, 2010.
- Mark Cryer, 37, of Arlington, Va., was charged in Arlington County Circuit Court and pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is pending sentencing and is facing a sentence of 40 years to life.
- Timothy Bollinger, 39, of Arlington, Va., pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 120 months in prison on Sept. 5, 2008.
- Jennifer Pendleton Stewart, 41, of Atlanta, Ga., pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14, 2010.
- Michael Johnson, 41, of Arlington, Va., was charged in Arlington County Circuit Court with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 60 months on Feb. 12, 2009.
- Jason Shinault, 32, of Wilkesboro, N.C., pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and money laundering conspiracy. He was sentenced to 70 months in prison on May 8, 2009
- Joseph Federici, 36, of Alexandria, Va., pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and money laundering conspiracy. He was sentenced to 60 months on April 24, 2009
Dye, Bollinger, and Stewart face a mandatory minimum of 10 years with a maximum of life in prison.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Office of Investigations in Washington, D.C.; Arlington County Police Department; and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Kimberly Riley Pedersen and Dennis Fitzpatrick are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.