Felon Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute
Traveled Across State Lines to Acquire and Distribute Cocaine
Greenbelt, Md., – Ian Carlton Alexander a/k/a “Shawn Alexander”, age 49, of Towson, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The guilty plea was announced by Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of DEA Washington Division andJonathan Lenzner, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.
According to his guilty plea, on October 3, 2019, Alexander traveled from his Towson, Maryland residence to New York to acquire 1,990 grams of cocaine that Alexander intended to distribute to a potential narcotics customer in Maryland. The following day, as Alexander was returning from New York to Maryland, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on Alexander in Maryland. On October 4, 2019, law enforcement recovered approximately two kilograms of cocaine in the passenger compartment of Alexander’s car and a 9mm handgun in the vehicle’s center console. Law enforcement also recovered approximately $3,357 in U.S. currency from Alexander’s person at the time of the arrest.
As detailed in his plea agreement, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Alexander’s Towson, Maryland residence. As a result of the search warrant, law enforcement seized 28 grams of heroin, an assault rifle, and two AR-15 box magazines loaded with armor-piercing ammunition. Alexander agreed that the $3,357 seized from his persons were proceeds of cocaine distribution and that he possessed the 9mm handgun in furtherance of his cocaine trafficking activities.
SAC Forget commended the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland for their work in the investigation.