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N.Y. Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Drug Distribution Following Md. Arrest

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A New York man was sentenced to eight years in jail for the possession and conspiracy to distribute three kinds of drugs, following his arrest during a traffic stop on a Maryland highway in 2010.

Felix Lawson, 41, of Bronx, N.Y. was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute heroin, and conspiracy to distribute the drugs Ecstasy, or MDMA, and BZP, a type of drug similar to an amphetamine, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod Rosenstein said in a release.

According to Lawson’s guilty plea, he had dealt MDMA and BZP in western New York until his arrest in June 2009. While still on pretrial release on the New York charges, on Nov. 6, 2010 Lawson was stopped on southbound I-95 near White Marsh, Md. by a Maryland State Police trooper for driving 38 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Rosenstein said Lawson told the trooper he was traveling to New York after attending a church service in Baltimore, but failed to provide details of the service or why he was traveling southbound when he was stopped. A narcotics K-9 unit led to a search of Lawson’s car and the recovery of 954 grams of heroin from the vehicle.

According to Lawson’s guilty plea, from at least 2008 through early 2009 Lawson bought pills containing MDMA and BZP from a co-conspirator in the Western District of New York, then re-sold the pills to others. On June 17, 2009, Lawson was arrested and released on various conditions, including that he not commit any federal, state or local crime.



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