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Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to Over 13 Years in Federal Prison for Gun and Drug Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Moses Wood Brown, Jr., age 38, of Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, today to 162 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Judge Chasanow also ordered Brown to forfeit $42,758, a firearm, ammunition and a bulletproof vest.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on four occasions from September 12 to December 18, 2013, Brown provided Cornelius Jackson with a total of 201.9 grams of crack cocaine, commonly referred to as crack cocaine, for which Jackson paid a total of $9,100.

On February 20, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Brown’s residence and seized three plastic bags containing a total of approximately 881.5 grams of cocaine base; a plastic container of Inositol which is frequently used as a cutting agent for cocaine; $42,758; a bullet proof vest and 150 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition; two plastic bags containing a total of approximately 193.9 grams of powder cocaine; a semiautomatic pistol loaded with fourteen 9 millimeter rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber; and narcotics paraphernalia, including a digital scale, used for the processing and cooking of powder cocaine into crack cocaine.

Brown admitted that he used his residence to manufacture and distribute crack cocaine.

In a separate proceeding, Cornelius Maurice Jackson, a/k/a “Buddy Love” and “Buddy,” age 43, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.  Judge Chasanow also ordered Jackson to forfeit $9,100.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Metropolitan Police Department and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Kelly O. Hayes and Ray D. McKenzie, who prosecuted the case.

Updated June 23, 2016

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