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DC Rapper Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm in Connection with Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – Earl Isaac III, a previously convicted felon, pleaded guilty yesterday in connection with possessing a Glock “ghost gun” with a machine gun conversion device, narcotics trafficking, and related counts.

            The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves, Special Agent in Charge Craig Kailimai of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division, and Chief Pamela Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Isaac, 20, aka “Frontline,” of Washington D.C., pleaded guilty on January 9, 2024, to a four-count information in U.S. District Court for possessing a firearm in connection with drug trafficking; unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; unlawful possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; and unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

            U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly set a sentencing date for May 8, 2024.

            Isaac styled himself as a rapper and was known to the YouTube community as “Frontline.” On the video sharing website, he posted veiled threats, to a specific group, with automatic firearms pointed directly at the viewer. Under the Frontline alias he uploaded several rap tracks glorifying violence with guns.  Isaac posted “Frontline – PTSD” while he was on probation in 2021 and pointed firearms directly at the camera.

            According to the government’s evidence, police executed a search warrant at a residence on Stanton Road on June 1, 2023.  Under a bathroom sink, police found a .40 caliber Glock firearm, outfitted with a machinegun conversion device, and loaded with a high-capacity magazine that contained 21 rounds of ammunition. Police also found 100 small, round, blue pills inscribed with “M30” littered throughout the premises that were determined to contain fentanyl; 2.68 kilos of marijuana; and $2,020 in cash in the front left pocket of Isaac’s jeans.

            Isaac previously was convicted and sentenced to a 14-month suspended prison term under the Youth Rehabilitation Act with a one-year probationary term in D.C. Superior Court for carrying a pistol without a license on October 28, 2022.

            Isaac’s social media account showed that Isaac advertised marijuana for sale, sold marijuana and fentanyl, and posed with marijuana and the money he had earned from drug sales.

            The case is being handled by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Leiter and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sitara Witanachchi of Violence Reduction and Trafficking Offenses Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  The investigation was handled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with valuable assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration.



Updated January 10, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 24-18