News Release
February 25, 2010
Contact: Casey McEnry
Number: 415-436-7994

Natomas Drug Dealer Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Prison

FEB 25 -- SACRAMENTO– United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams announced today that ANTHONY WASHINGTON, 60, of Natomas was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. WASHINGTON was sentenced to 17 years and 6 months in prison for distributing crack cocaine throughout the Sacramento region during the early months of 2006. WASHINGTON was found guilty by a jury on April 16, 2009 with co-defendant DOUGLAS FROST.

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sacramento Police Department.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Philip Ferrari and Jean M. Hobler, who prosecuted the case, the evidence at trial showed that WASHINGTON was FROST’s primary supplier of cocaine and cocaine base (also called crack cocaine), providing a fresh supply equivalent to one to two ounces of cocaine base on a daily or near daily basis. WASHINGTON provided the cocaine or cocaine base to FROST without payment, known as “fronting.” FROST converted the powder cocaine to cocaine base, and then sold it to a variety of customers. When FROST sold all of the supply he had in hand, he would return to WASHINGTON, pay for the drugs he’d just sold, and obtain a new supply for sale. The jury convicted WASHINGTON of conspiring with FROST to sell at least 50 grams of cocaine base, all of which was sold to an undercover DEA agent. FROST pleaded guilty to the conspiracy in 2006.

Judge England, in sentencing the defendant, applied the United States Sentencing Guidelines applicable to powder cocaine rather than cocaine base, and found that WASHINGTON was a career offender, with an extensive criminal history dating back to 1968. Judge England noted that the amount of criminal activity WASHINGTON engaged in was “one of the highest levels” that he had seen.                       

# # #