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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fort Washington Man Exiled to 10 Years for Drug Distribution and Illegal Possession of a Gun



As a Result of Previous Felony Convictions Was Prohibited From Possessing Guns or Ammunition

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Leonard Eugene King, age 35, of Fort Washington, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including powder and crack cocaine and marijuana.

The sentence was announced by 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 Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

According to King’s plea agreement, on October 9, 2013, Prince George’s County Police officers executed a search warrant at King’s residence. Officers recovered two handguns, approximately 60 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine, four grams of marijuana, scales, baggies, drug paraphernalia and approximately $6,000 in cash. Some of the cocaine was found in the pocket of a pair of King’s pants, packaged for distribution. Additional cocaine, also packaged for distribution, was found in an air duct. A 9mm pistol, loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition was located in the basement wall and a .32 caliber pistol was located in the master bedroom.

King had two previous felony convictions for drug offenses and a conviction for a crime of violence, and was prohibited from possessing guns or ammunition.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Gerald A. A. Collins, a cross designated Maryland Assistant Attorney General assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

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