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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Convicted Felon Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Prison on Federal Firearm and Narcotics Charges

           WASHINGTON – Victor A. Brown, Jr., 29, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for his unlawful possession of a loaded firearm with an extended magazine, as well as his possession of distribution-level quantities of fentanyl and cocaine base, Jessie K. Liu, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Chief Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police Department announced.

           The sentence followed a jury trial in September in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan. Due to two prior qualifying convictions – one for a crime of violence and one for a drug trafficking offense – Judge Hogan sentenced the defendant to enhanced sentencing penalties as a Career Offender.

           According to the government’s evidence, on the evening of March 22, 2019, officers of MPD’s Fourth District Crime Suppression Team executed a search warrant at a rowhouse in the Petworth neighborhood.  Inside of Brown’s bedroom, officers located a 9 millimeter pistol with an extended magazine in his night stand.  Officers recovered fentanyl and cocaine base from on top of his bed and recovered various items used for drug distribution throughout Brown’s bedroom (including digital scales, ziplocks, a tray with residue, cutting agents, and razor blades).  Officers also recovered more than $2,800 in U.S. currency from Brown’s person.

           At the time of his arrest this spring, Brown was under supervision for a robbery charge to which he had pled guilty in Howard County, Maryland.

           In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of the Fourth District Crime Suppression Team who worked on the case from the Metropolitan Police Department, as well as the fingerprint analysts from the D.C. Department of Forensic Science.  She also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Rommel Pachoca, Legal Assistant Peter Gaboton, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Lenerz.  Finally, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven Wasserman and Laura Crane, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

Press Release Number: 
19-229
Updated December 11, 2019