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Federal Jury Finds Indianapolis Man Guilty of Trafficking Methamphetamine and Fentanyl and Illegally Possessing Firearms

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

INDIANAPOLIS- A federal jury has found Steven Lamar Brown, 42, of Indianapolis, Indiana, guilty of seven felony charges: five counts of trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and evidence introduced at trial, between September 2020, and February of 2021, Brown was observed and recorded on video and audio selling more than fifty grams of methamphetamine on three separate occasions. On the recordings Brown can be clearly seen and heard weighing drugs and counting the money he received in exchange.

On February 23, 2021, IMPD officers attempted to stop Brown in his car to arrest him, but Brown refused to comply. Officers eventually stopped Brown, searched his vehicle, and found a loaded .380 caliber pistol in the glove box.

Later that day, law enforcement, including Task Force Officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration and IMPD officers, conducted a court-authorized search of Brown’s residence. Inside, throughout the house, they found a trove of illegal drugs, tools of the drug trade, Brown’s personal documents, and eight firearms, including three assault rifles, four handguns, and a shotgun:

Master Bedroom & Closet

  • 52.1 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl and heroin.
  • 26.3 grams of fentanyl
  • 100.96 grams of heroin
  • 165.5 grams of methamphetamine
  • 117 Xanax pills
  • 10.7 grams of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”)
  • 3 loaded semi-automatic assault-style rifles
  • A loaded shotgun
  • A loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun
  • Brown’s birth certificate and social security card

On and Under the Bed

  • 1.2 kilograms of synthetic marijuana in gallon-size bags
  • 28.0 grams of synthetic marijuana
  • A loaded .38 Special caliber revolver
  • 2 loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistols

Bedroom #2

  • A metal kilo press
  • Loaded magazines
  • A box of ammunition behind a standalone mirror

Kitchen

  • A black digital scale with drug residue
  • 407.1 grams of synthetic marijuana

Brown has multiple prior convictions for felony offenses, including robbery, for which he was on parole when he committed these federal crimes. As a result of those convictions, Brown is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers, Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, and Chief of IMPD, Randal Taylor, made the announcement.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and IMPD investigated this case. U.S. District Court Judge, James R. Sweeney II, presided over the trial and will sentence Brown at a later date. Brown faces up to life in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release following his release from prison.

U.S Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Pamela S. Domash and Jayson W. McGrath, who prosecuted this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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Updated June 15, 2023

Topics
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Opioids
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses