This week, it was announced that 40-year-old Russell Harrison of Temple Hills, Maryland had pleaded guilty to possessing six firearms in furtherance to his participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy. The defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The defendant will face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of life in prison. Harrison is now scheduled to be sentenced on November 16, 2018.
Harrison and seven other individuals were arrested in March of 2018 in relation to a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack. Several defendants were also charged with possessing and distributing other narcotics, including PCP and fentanyl. The charges came after an investigation into narcotics trafficking in the Washington, D.C. area.
Harrison’s guilty plea is associated with the discovery of six firearms, ammunition and drug paraphernalia in his home when it was searched by authorities on March 15, 2018. During the search, FBI agents and members of the United States Marshals Service recovered six firearms, multiple rounds of ammunition, a 50-round capacity drum, a firearm silencer, and drug paraphernalia. This marks Harrison’s fourth felony conviction.
He was previously convicted of trafficking narcotics twice and once of committing an assault with a firearm. Again, Harrison is scheduled to be sentenced on November 16, 2018. Further details can be found here.