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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 30, 2015

Prince George’s County Drug Dealer Exiled To 12 Years In Prison For Distribution Of Crack Cocaine And Illegal Possession Of A Gun

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Gabriel Vashon Seay, age 35, of Camp Springs, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Judge Chasanow also ordered that Seay forfeit a gun, ammunition and over $23,000 in cash seized from his home.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to Seay's plea agreement, on February 12, 2014, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Seay.  During the stop, Seay informed the officers that he did not have a valid license.  In addition, Seay was found to have an open warrant from Dougherty County, Georgia, for violation of probation in relation to a prior conviction.  Seay was placed under arrest and during a subsequent search law enforcement officers recovered 26.95 grams of cocaine base from Seay.

Also on February 12, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Seay’s residence. Officers recovered a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a fully loaded 30-round magazine, and a bulletproof vest.  In addition, throughout Seay’s apartment the officers recovered the following controlled substances:  87.35 grams of crack cocaine; 452.36 grams of powder cocaine; 331.9 grams of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone); 32.96 grams of heroin; and 31.74 grams of marijuana.  Law enforcement also seized $23,013 in cash, a digital scale, a grinder, a hydraulic press, and packaging materials.

Seay further admitted that he maintained his residence as a premise for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated March 30, 2015