Two men who are accused of being part of a deadly marijuana deal that led to a fatal shooting in Seattle are facing federal charges that could put them in prison for years.
A grand jury yesterday indicted David Ross, 35, from Renton, WA, and Lenny Brikn, from Federal Way, WA, on gun and drug charges. They were on the opposite ends of a drug deal that went bad in October, according to prosecutors.
Court documents stated that Ross and one of his associates were selling pot to Brikn and his brother, Deshawn Boykin. The brothers pulled out pistols and attempted to rob Ross, who also was armed, even though he was a convicted felon and is not allowed to own guns. Ross fired several times as both brothers left the scene. Boykin was hit in the chest and died later.
According to the US attorney on the case, this criminal case is a reminder that drugs and guns are deadly when mixed together and are a good target for federal charges. The violent acts in this case could easily have led to injuries and death to innocents. Federal agents worked with King County WA prosecutors, and they determined that bringing federal charges was the best way to charge the men involved.
Ross was first charged with illegal firearm possession, but the county prosecutor’s office stated that the charge was dropped when the federal government took the case. The prosecutors in the county still are deciding if that charge should be brought at the state level.
Ross has been in police custody since the shooting occurred. Brikn has been in police custody since December on other robbery charges.
Ross is facing a federal charge of shooting a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, which would put another 10 years at least onto his sentence. Brikn also is charged with showing a firearm during a crime of violence and in a drug trafficking case, which would add a minimum of seven years onto his sentence.
About Federal Drug Crimes
It is believed that today there are approximately 3000 federal crimes in federal statutes. A majority of them are related to drugs. Exactly what determines what is a federal drug crime rather than a state drug crime can vary a good deal. Anyone who is arrested for a drug offense may be considered for being charged with a federal crime. But generally, people will be prosecuted by the feds if they are apprehended selling or making drugs; caught by a federal agent, or on federal property; caught by a federal informant; there is an agreement between state and federal authorities to charge them with a federal crime.
Some of the most common federal drug cases include:
Drug possession – usually higher amounts
Drug selling and trafficking
Drug trafficking with intention to distribute it
Any organized crime activity that involves drugs