Grand jury indicts Knoxville man on trafficking and narcotics charges

WASHINGTON (WATE) – A federal grand jury in Knoxville indicted a man on several charges, including two charges of sex trafficking.

Marcus Washington, 37, was charged with two counts of sex trafficking by force, threats of force, fraud and coercion, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

The indictment on file with the U.S. District Court charges Washington with two separate counts of sex trafficking by force, threats of force, fraud and coercion in relation to two victims.

The Farragut resident is also being charged on counts related possession and distribution of oxycodone and cocaine.

Washington faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in jail if convicted of either trafficking charge. Both narcotics charges carry a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Nicholas Durham of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section and Assistant U.S. attorney Brooklyn Sawyers of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

 

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