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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 20, 2016

District Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison For Possession of Crack Cocaine

Drugs Found During Traffic Stop in Northeast Washington

            WASHINGTON – Javar Harris, 37, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to five years in prison on a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

            Harris pled guilty in March 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was sentenced on June 17, 2016, by the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson. Upon completion of his prison term, Harris will be placed on four years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on the evening of July 2, 2015, law enforcement officers performed a traffic stop of Harris’s vehicle in the 1600 block of Oates Street NE. Harris was consuming an alcoholic beverage in a plastic cup and had a bottle of tequila in his possession. When exiting the vehicle, Harris had an odor consistent with an alcoholic beverage. Located in the center console glove compartment of the vehicle — between the passenger seat and the driver’s seat — was 116.8 grams of crack cocaine. At the time of his arrest, Harris had been twice convicted of distribution related cocaine convictions in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the Narcotics and Special Investigations Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Candace Battle, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Macchiaroli, of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Trafficking Section, who prosecuted the matter.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
16-108
Updated June 22, 2016