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

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Gang Member Sentenced to Prison for Firearm Possession

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to more than two and a half years in prison for possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

According to court documents, Darren Brown, aka “Diego”, 25, sold a stolen .270 caliber rifle to a confidential informant in January 2016. The firearm was traced to a break-in of a Chesapeake family residence. Additionally, when the FBI arrested Brown in December 2018, he was in possession of Haskell JHP .45 caliber pistol. Brown was a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a subset of the United Blood Nation.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John F. Butler and Andrew C. Bosse prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-178.

Firearms Offenses
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications
Updated April 19, 2019