Drug Enforcement Administration

Washington, DC

Scott Hoernke, Special Agent in Charge

April 11, 2016

Contact: SA Susan Wolf

Phone Number: (202) 305-8500

Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Gun And Drug Offenses

GREENBELT, Md. - U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Deon Thornton, age 32, of Suitland, Maryland, today to eight years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for distribution of crack cocaine and for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

The sentence was announced by Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Division; 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; Chief M. Jay Farr of the Arlington County, Virginia Police Department; and Chief Earl L. Cook of the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on May 28 and June 10, 2015, the DEA and ATF used a confidential source to purchase 56 grams and 62 grams of crack cocaine, respectively, from Thornton.  On June 9, 2015, DEA and ATF used an undercover officer to purchase a .357 caliber revolver from Thornton.  On June 23, 2015, a confidential source DEA and ATF purchased two guns, a 9mm pistol and a .22 caliber pistol, both with obliterated serial numbers, from Thornton.

Thornton has previous felony drug and gun convictions and is therefore prohibited from possessing a gun or ammunition. United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, ATF, Alexandria Police Department and Arlington Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Lindsay Eyler Kaplan, who prosecuted the case.

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