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Published on April 11, 2024
District Brothers Charged in Sweeping 17-Count Fentanyl and Firearms IndictmentSource: Google Street View

A duo of District siblings, Jevaughn "Ledo" Mark, 32, and Angelo Mark, 30, have been hit with a flurry of charges, including fentanyl conspiracy, distribution, and gun-related offenses, tapping into the underbelly of the local drug trade.

The charges are part of a 17-count indictment that fingered the brothers for peddling significant quantities of fentanyl and cocaine across the metropolitan region. This high-stakes game of cat and mouse between the law and the alleged lawbreakers unfolded, with U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, DEA Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget, and MPD Chief Pamela A. Smith announcing the update, in a detailed account provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Jevaughn Mark, who's been in custody, is staring down the barrel of eight counts of unlawful distribution involving fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin—he allegedly peddled these drugs instead of the sought-after "Special K" or ketamine, flipping the script on undercover DEA and MPD operatives attempting controlled purchases between January 10 and March 13. A search of his den turned up an arsenal of two guns, a stash of narcotics, wads of cash totaling $38,000, armor, and the trappings of the drug trade, according to the aforementioned source.

On the same day, a SWAT-style raid on another linked location bunkered Angelo Mark and a treasure trove of seven firearms, 900 rounds of ammo, and a cocktail of drugs including fentanyl and cocaine, alongside, unsurprisingly, another lump sum of $50,000, everybody likes to keep their money close. These guys kept their fortunes closer all swept into evidence for the recent superseding indictment.

Anchorless in the tides of legal trouble, both brothers face the joint charge of conspiring to possess to distribute a hefty 40 grams or more of fentanyl and a whopping 500 grams or more of cocaine. Their troubles don't cruise solo, Angelo's rap sheet grows with his possession with intent to distribute the narcotics, owning firearms during this murky business, and gripping a firearm post-conviction of a hefty crime. Meanwhile, Jevaughn could toss the fentanyl and heroin into his pot of charges alongside the cocaine, with the guns just adding icing on the cake. The case, a patchwork effort by DEA’s Washington Division and MPD, under the vigilant eyes of the FBI, opts for a slam dunk approach with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Iris McCranie and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Coley dribbling the ball, as detailed in the U.S. Attorney's Office material.

Knitting together the final fabric of this crackdown is the work of the OCDETF operation, a spider's web of law enforcement from multiple tiers, singular in their aim to dismantle the dark tapestries weaved by drug peddlers and their ilk, targeting the menacing overlords of this grim world.