by May 9, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]

"Crime"Lee M. Hylton, 51, and Michael Talon, 31, were both recently sentenced for their role in a methamphetamine distribution scheme that previously sent Marc A. Gersen, a former Georgetown law student, to prison (Former Georgetown Law Student Sentenced for Meth Distribution).

Both Hylton and Talon pleaded guilty in 2012 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in exchange for the dismissal of all other charges.

All three men were arrested in December 2011 after police discovered methamphetamine and chemicals used for producing drugs in an apartment shared by Gersen and Talon at the Imperial House Condominium at 1601 18th Street NW and in a room at the Beacon Hotel at 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Hylton, who most recently resided in Arlington, was sentenced March 1 to four years in prison, the same sentence Gersen received in February. Hylton will be placed on three years of supervised release after his prison term and must perform 200 hours of community service. He also must forfeit $85,000 in cash linked to the sale and distribution of methamphetamine. Both Gersen and Hylton are scheduled for release from federal prison camps on May 25, 2015. Both also will receive a 500-hour drug treatment program while imprisoned.

Talon received no prison time and was sentenced to three years of supervised release in a hearing on April 24. He is a Canadian citizen and agreed to return to Canada and comply with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation process. According to court records, Talon played a lesser role in the conspiracy than Gersen and Hylton. He is also battling serious medical issues and will receive healthcare in Canada as a citizen. Based on court documents, Talon is seeking a new job in media relations in Canada. He previously founded a now defunct communications firm, OnRecord Media, in the District.

All three suspects were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Judge Reggie B. Walton.

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by February 4, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]


Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Marc A. Gersen, 31, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in U.S. District Court for one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Gersen will also be placed on three years of probation after his release, will have to serve 400 hours of community service, and must pay judgments and fines totaling $122,500. Gersen pled guilty to the charge in November.

Gersen was enrolled as a law student at Georgetown University at the time of his arrest in December 2011 and was living in an apartment in the Borderstan area. The The Washington Post details the double life of Gersen. He was both a star student interested in becoming a public defender and heavily involved in a methamphetamine dealing ring, in part to finance his addiction to the drug.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s release, Gersen conspired with his roommate, Michael Talon, 30, and Lee Hylton, 51, of Arlington, to distribute meth in the District and surrounding areas. Gersen would go to California, where he previously had been an economics graduate student at the University of California Berkeley, to purchase methamphetamine in quantities of up to half a pound to ship back to DC for distribution.

Police searched the apartment of Gersen and Talon in the 1600 block of 18th Street NW on November 28, 2011 and found three grams of meth and chemicals used for producing drugs. Gersen was arrested outside the Beacon Hotel in the 1600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW on December 1, 2011 on his way to meet Gersen and Talon. Police arrested Gersen and Talon inside the hotel after finding more than 500 grams of meth.

Talon and Hylton both also pled guilty to the same charge. Talon’s sentencing is scheduled for March 15 and Hylton’s for March 1.

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by February 6, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,945 0

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter. covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

DC a Terrorism “Hot Spot,” Study Shows

In what is surely the feel-good news of the day, WAMU reports that the District of Columbia ranks highly among U.S. cities as a terrorism “hot spot.” According to a recent study by the University of Maryland, DC has been targeted by terrorists 79 times over the last 40 years.

Not exactly earth-shattering, you say? Well, what might surprise you is the fact that we’re only ranked Number 5. The cities that are more at-risk than DC are, in order: New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.

While the DC is almost surely a prime target of 9/11-era attacks by (mostly?) international actors, the report calculates its rankings based on terrorist acts from across the political spectrum, including extreme right-wing and left-wing domestic groups.

Food Trucks Support Gray’s Regulations Proposals, with Exceptions

The District’s food trucks are rallying behind the city government’s proposals for regulating the fast-growing industry. According to DCist, the District of Columbia Food Truck Association released a statement saying it supports the majority of the suggested rules for mobile food vendors, which will soon be before the City Counsel.

Among other provisions, the proposed changes would allow “savory” food trucks to remain in their locations so long as they’ve paid for the parking fees. Although this rule has received widespread support among food truck operators, not all proposals are so popular. In particular, mobile vendors oppose the creation of “Vending Development Zones,” spots whose location, capacity and hours would be determined by local residents and businesses. This caveat is intended to appease brick-and-mortar restaurants, who feel increasingly at a disadvantage against their mobile competitors.


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