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Friday, October 11, 2019

District Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Possessing a Loaded Firearm While Trafficking Narcotics

Defendant Was on Supervision for a Prior Drug Trafficking Conviction

           WASHINGTON – Thomas Washington, 66, of Northeast, D.C., was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for possessing a loaded firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

           Washington pled guilty in July 2019 before the Honorable Randolph D. Moss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Judge Moss sentenced Washington to 10 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

           According to the government’s evidence, on July 8, 2018, members of MPD’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division observed Washington conducting hand-to-hand drug transactions. After arresting Washington, who had a stun gun and $3,067, MPD officers executed a search warrant at Washington’s residence that was located in the 4900 block of Nash Street, Northeast. During the execution of the search warrant, MPD officers recovered a High-Point model CF380 semi-automatic handgun in the dresser of the bedroom. The firearm was loaded with nine rounds of ammunition. Officers also recovered 6.5 grams of crack, a plate with residue, empty ziploc baggies, a digital scale, and $13,253.00.

           When Washington was arrested for trafficking narcotics and possessing a firearm in the present case, he was on supervision with the U.S. Parole Commission following a 2012 D.C. Superior Court felony drug trafficking conviction. Washington now faces formal revocation of his supervised release and an additional sentence, separate from the above-referenced sentence, from the U.S. Parole Commission. Washington also had two additional prior drug trafficking convictions and a prior involuntary manslaughter conviction.

           In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case. They also cited the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialist Candace Battle, Legal Assistant Peter Gaboton, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Macchiaroli of the Violent Crime and Narcotics Section, who prosecuted the Defendant.

Press Release Number: 
19-189
Updated October 11, 2019