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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

District Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possessing Multiple Firearms While Trafficking Narcotics

Defendant Was on Supervision for Drug Trafficking at the Time of the Offense

           WASHINGTON – Kevin Fields, 38, of Southeast, D.C., was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for possessing multiple firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and Timothy M. Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office.

           Fields pled guilty in July 2019 before the Honorable Paul L. Friedman 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 Friedman sentenced Fields to ten years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.

           According to the government’s evidence, on February 9, 2019, MPD officers executed a search warrant at Fields’ residence located in the 1900 block of Naylor Road, Southeast. After entering the apartment, MPD officers located Fields in the back bedroom. In that same room, officers located three loaded firearms, a Glock 21 .45 caliber firearm, a Ruger LC95 9mm caliber firearm, and an Intratec AB-10 firearm. An additional magazine with ammunition was also recovered. Law enforcement also discovered crack cocaine, heroin, multiple digital scales, razor blades, extensive drug packaging material, and U.S. currency in the residence. As part of his plea agreement, Fields acknowledged that all three firearms belonged to him and that he possessed them in furtherance of his drug trafficking. As part of the government’s investigation, the FBI assisted law enforcement by investigating the history of the firearms and their connection to other crimes committed in the District.

           When Fields was arrested for trafficking narcotics and possessing firearms 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. Fields now faces formal revocation of his supervised release and additional incarceration, separate from the above-referenced sentence, from the U.S. Parole Commission. Fields also had a prior 2002 D.C. Superior Court conviction for assault with intent to kill, where he was incarcerated for twelve years.

           This case was investigated in support of the Felon in Possession initiative, a joint partnership between MPD and federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI Washington Field Office, ATF, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia, in an effort to reduce gun violence within the District of Columbia.  

           In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu, Chief Newsham, and Special Agent in Charge Dunham, 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 conducted the underlying investigation, indicted the case, and prosecuted the defendant.

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Updated October 9, 2019