A Huntington Station man who enlisted his teenaged brother to sell drugs was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison Friday on charges of distributing fentanyl.
Jamal Brown, 26, pleaded guilty in May to distributing and possessing with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl between July 2017 and February 2018. He was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco in federal court in Central Islip.
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,” stated United States Attorney Richard P. 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.”
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 Task Force, 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,” stated DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Ray 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. 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 February 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.