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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Friday, January 13, 2017

Armed D.C. Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 10 years for Drug Crimes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Allen Christopher Morton, 53, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for distributing heroin and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity.

Morton pleaded guilty on Aug. 5, 2016. According to court documents, Morton was the leader of a three-man crew that distributed gram quantities of heroin for several years near Morton’s residence in Washington, D.C. Customers would drive to Morton’s residence and wait for Morton or another member of his crew to come outside and sell heroin. Morton and his crew would also drive to other locations in Washington, D.C. and Virginia to meet customers and distribute heroin. On some occasions, Morton or other members of his crew were armed with handguns. Over the course of the conspiracy, Morton’s crew distributed between 700 grams and 1 kilogram of heroin.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Tyler McGaughey prosecuted the case.


A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-175.

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated January 13, 2017