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Haymarket Brothers Get 18 Years Total in Fentanyl Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Jonathon and Thomas Marshall Sold More Than 10,000 Pressed Fentanyl Pills

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A pair of brothers from Northern Virginia, who distributed or intended to distribute more than 10,000 pressed fentanyl pills in Culpeper, Virginia and surrounding counties, were sentenced yesterday to more than 18 years of total federal prison time.

Thomas Anthony Marshall, 25, and Jonathon Hayden Marshall, 20, both pled guilty in August 2023 to identical charges, that is, one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of distribution and possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl. Yesterday, Thomas Marshall was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and Jonathon Marshall was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison.

According to court documents, on several occasions in September 2022 both Thomas and Jonathon Marshall sold pressed fentanyl pills to confidential informants working with the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force. Specifically, on September 1, 2022, Thomas Marshall sold 1,020 fentanyl pills and on September 6, 2022, Thomas and Jonathon Marshall sold 1,987 fentanyl pills. On September 14, 2022, Thomas Marshall sold 1,812 fentanyl pills.

On September 27, 2022, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence shared by the Marshall brothers in Fauquier County, Virginia. During the course of the search, law enforcement recovered 6,549 pressed fentanyl pills, $32,642 in cash, and numerous firearms and ammunition.

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh announced the sentence today.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald M. Huber prosecuted the case.

Updated December 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking