Long Island man sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment for fentanyl trafficking
Defendant used his 17-year-old brother in drug-selling operation
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Jamal Brown was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 90 months’ imprisonment for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl between July 2017 and February 2018. Brown pleaded guilty to the charge in May 2018.
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge for the New York Division Ray Donovan announced the sentence.
“Brown preyed on vulnerable addicts to enrich himself, exposing them to significant risk of overdose with fentanyl, a drug that is a leading factor in the opioid crisis plaguing Long Island and the United States,” said United States Attorney Donoghue. “To facilitate his illegal drug distribution, Brown even involved his teenage brother. Thanks to the outstanding work of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners, Brown has now been held accountable.”
United States Attorney Donoghue also expressed his grateful appreciation to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for its assistance during the investigation and the DEA’s Long Island Heroin Enforcement Team, which is comprised of the Nassau County Police Department, Suffolk County Police Department and New York State Police.
“Drug trafficking is inevitably linked to corruption, crime and addiction,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Donovan. “Jamal Brown turned his younger brother into a drug dealer, exposed his newborn child to fentanyl and encouraged drug use by addicts seeking treatment. Today’s sentencing is a result of the hard work and collaboration between the Heroin Enforcement Team, ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office EDNY.”
According to court filings, sentencing submissions and facts presented during court proceedings, between July 2017 and February 2018, Brown possessed and sold more than 40 grams of fentanyl, along with quantities of cocaine, which he stored at locations in Bay Shore and Huntington Station, New York. As part of his drug-trafficking operation, Brown used his 17-year-old brother to sell fentanyl and cocaine for him and to store sale proceeds, which he gave to Brown. Telephone calls intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap revealed that Brown also relied on an individual – who had told Brown of his struggles with addiction and of his plan to enter a rehabilitation facility – to transport narcotics and pick up drug sale proceeds.
On Feb. 27, 2018, search warrants executed at Brown’s Long Island drug locations resulted in the recovery of more than 76 grams of fentanyl, more than 150 grams of cocaine, a .32 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, ammunition and other evidence of drug trafficking. At the time of the execution of the search warrants, Brown’s newborn child was inside the Huntington Station location where approximately 10 grams of fentanyl were recovered.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Bradley T. King is in charge of the prosecution.
Huntington Station, New York