On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia announced that the final defendant out of 17 has pleaded guilty for their involvement in a drug trafficking network located in Southeast, D.C.
The “MLK Crew,” a network notorious for drug trafficking, primarily dealt in cocaine, crack cocaine, fentanyl, PCP, and marijuana.
40-year-old Corenzo Mobery, also known as “Snowman,” has pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession with intent to distribute cocaine, carrying a firearm to aid drug trafficking, and possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon in Washington D.C.
Mobery, along with 16 other defendants, has been indicted and all of them have pleaded guilty. The prison terms for the other defendants range from 24 months to 114 months. Mobery’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 26, 2024.
Complaints about drug trafficking and violence in the area around the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., S.E. prompted an investigation into the MLK Crew’s open-air drug market operation.
In light of recent shootings and offenses involving drugs and firearms, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has designated the area as one of the most notorious in the city. This information was disclosed in a release about Mobery’s plea, indicating that the MPD has been actively working to address the situation.
The crew members brazenly peddled drugs and exerted their control over the vicinity, even going as far as taking over some of the local businesses. They would frequently enter establishments or hang around outside to make their sales.
Drug-related violence in the area, including assaults, shootings, robberies, and murders, was also fueled by the trafficking activities of the MLK Crew. One of the most devastating incidents was the murder of a six-year-old girl, who happened to be the daughter of a co-defendant.
In July 2021, MPD and FBI took into custody 11 initial defendants, while the remaining six were apprehended and charged in September 2021.
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