Woman linked to Bear drug distribution center supplied by cartel gets 12 years in federal prison

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Denise Brown was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl and 60 months for submitting a false claim to the Small Business Administration (SBA), to run concurrently. 

Brown was accused of leading the Jamar Jackson drug trafficking organization that milled and packaged drugs in Bear and King of Prussia. The organization had ties to Mexican cartels and distributed drugs in Delaware and the surrounding region.

 According to court documents and statements made in open court, Brown, age 40, managed the day-to-day drug business, recruiting other members of the group, and directing drug sales.  Brown was arrested at her King of Prussia home on September 23, 2020. 

Upon searching Brown’s home, law enforcement found thousands of packets of fentanyl-laced heroin, bulk quantities of heroin and fentanyl, and over $120,000 in cash. In June 2020,

Brown also submitted a fraudulent application to the SBA seeking Covid-19 relief funds through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.  Based on the application, the SBA deposited $10,000 into the defendant’s bank account.

U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss stated, “Yesterday, the Court justly held Denise Brown accountable for her crimes. By trafficking large quantities of drugs from Mexico and distributing deadly fentanyl into our communities, the defendant put lives at risk.  She also took advantage of a government program designed to provide economic relief during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This sentence sends a message that those who aspire to profit from illegal activity – whether through drug distribution or fraud – will fact significant punishment.” 

This case was investigated by U.S. Homeland Security and US Postal Inspectors, with assistance from IRS-Criminal Investigation Division, Delaware State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, and local law enforcement agencies.