Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, Shawn A. Johnson, announced the sentencing of Craig N. Webster, 46, of Olney, Maryland. United States District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Webster to 262 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine base.
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Six Members of a Severn Street Drug Operation and a Supplier Indicted on Cocaine Trafficking and Firearms Charges
Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, announced that a federal indictment was unsealed against seven men for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. The charges include allegations of crack cocaine distribution, firearms offenses, and the shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Officer William Hicks. The indictment was returned under seal by a federal grand jury on September 7, 2005.
SAC Shawn A. Johnson of DEA’s Washington Division announced today that Brian Kauffmann, age 33, of Pertch Road in Severna Park, Maryland, is charged with the distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. DEA’s Metropolitan Area Task Force (MATF) Group 36 executed a search warrant at Kauffmann’s residence and arrested him after a four month investigation. This marks the third methamphetamine laboratory busted by the DEA in Maryland in the last two months.
JUL 22-- FAIRFAX – The estimated $3.1 million worth of duct-taped “bricks” of pure Colombian heroin and cocaine were destined for the United States when Virginia State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration Agency (DEA) agents intercepted the shipment at a South American airport. Further investigation led to the recent arrests of two Colombian men, one of whom has been a major South American drug trafficker for almost 20 years.
JUL 19 -- Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, announced today that Steven Winfield Tomershea, age 40, of Foxboro, Massachusetts, was sentenced by Judge Glen M. Williams to 30 years in prison on charges of conspiracy, manufacturing, and distributing methamphetamine.
“By arresting and sentencing him, we’ve made a major impact on the methamphetamine trade in Southwest Virginia," stated Shawn A. Johnson. “Between 2001 and 2004, he manufactured more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine and earned in excess of $300,000.”
Members of a Large Drug Trafficking Organization Convicted of Drug, Gun, and Money Laundering Charges
Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division announced today that a federal jury convicted defendants Deone Antonio Melvin, age 26, of Lanham, Maryland; Ramone Stephon Jones, age 27, or Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Stephon Mason, age 31, of Fort Washington, Maryland; and, Adrian Alexander, age 28, of Suitland, Maryland of a variety of drug conspiracy, money laundering, and gun charges. The defendants now face penalties of up to life imprisonment.
MAY 24--Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, announced today the guilty plea and sentencing of Shadita Sweeney. Sweeney, 28, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with her guilty plea on conspiracy charges to distribute and possess with intent to distribute phencyclidine, commonly known as “PCP”.
Kevin M. Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division announced today that Steven Winfield Tomershea, age 40, of Foxboro, Massachusetts, pled guilty in federal court in the Western District of Virginia to charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.
Daniel Ray Lineberry, 55, of Salem, Virginia, a Pharmacist and Owner of Craig County Medical Center Pharmacy in New Castle, Virginia was indicted on 36 counts including: One Count of mail fraud; twenty-five counts of illegal distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance, and one count of illegal distribution of a schedule IV controlled substance; nine counts of tampering with consumer products and labeling affecting interstate commerce; and one count of Health Care Fraud.
A federal grand jury indicted Dr. Sidney Loxley on 91 counts in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Loxley, age 62, and his wife Carol Dean Loxley, a/k/a Carol Ann Dean, age 39, both of Chesapeake, Virginia, were arrested on January 19, 2005.