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September 26, 2005

Members of Large Drug Organization Sentenced for Gun, Drug, and Money Laundering Charges

Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, Shawn A. Johnson, announced the sentencing of the following defendants in connection with their conviction by a federal grand jury on June 23, 2005:

Deone Antonio Melvin, age 26, of Lanham, Maryland, 540 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute powder and crack cocaine, distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, money laundering, possession of guns in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession of guns after being convicted of a felony;

September 17, 2005

Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 21 Years

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.

September 13, 2005

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.

August 22, 2005

Third Methamphetamine Laboratory Raided In Maryland Since July

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.

July 22, 2005

Virginia & Federal Authorities Disrupt Colombian Drug Supply to U.S.

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.

July 19, 2005

“Godfather” of Methamphetamine Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

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.”

June 23, 2005

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, 2005

Woman Sentenced To 10 Years For Conspiracy To Distribute PCP

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”.

April 5, 2005

Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamin

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.

February 16, 2005

New Castle, Virginia Pharmacist Indicted

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. 

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