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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 1, 2016

District Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison On Felony Drug Trafficking and Gun Possession Charges

Defendant Maintained a Drug House in Northeast Washington

            WASHINGTON - Marlon Haight, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 12 years and eight months in prison on drug trafficking and gun possession charges relating to the maintenance of a drug house in Northeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Peter Newsham, Interim Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

 

            Following a jury trial in July 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Haight was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base in excess of 28 grams, and marijuana, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He was sentenced by the Honorable James E. Boasberg. Upon completion of his prison term, Haight will be placed on three years of supervised release.

 

            According to the government’s evidence, in November 2014, Haight, along with his co-conspirators, controlled an apartment in the Lincoln Heights area of Northeast Washington. At the residence, Haight would process, package, and sell cocaine, crack, and marijuana. During a Nov. 20, 2014, search warrant, law enforcement recovered distribution quantities of narcotics from the residence, with a loaded firearm and a safe in which packaged narcotics, additional ammunition, and cash were stored.  At the time of his arrest, Haight was on supervision for a prior assault with a dangerous weapon conviction.

 

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips, Special Agent in Charge Boxler, and Interim Chief Newsham commended the work of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Special Investigations Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Candace Battle, Mary Downing, and Teesha Tobias; former Paralegal Specialist Sentamu Kiremerwa; Legal Assistants Peter Gaboton, Brendan Coyne, Diane Brashears, and Latoya Wade; Victim/Witness Security Specialists Michael Hailey and Wanda Queen, Victim/Witness Coordinators Tonya Jones and David Foster; Information Technology Specialist Kimberly Smith; Budget Analyst Donna Proctor, and Administrative Services Specialist, Sallie Rynas. Finally, they commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nihar Mohanty and Christopher Macchiaroli, who prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
16-234
Updated December 1, 2016