Au­thor­i­ties pros­e­cute mem­bers of So. Md. drug traf­fick­ing con­spir­acy

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­

A St. Leonard man and a Clin­ton man were sen­tenced to 10 years in prison Mon­day for their roles in what the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice is re­fer­ring to as a South­ern Mary­land drug traf­fick­ing con­spir­acy. Two Wal­dorf men and a Mar­bury man have also en­tered pleas for their in­volve­ment and await sen­tenc­ing.

Col­bert Juan Jones Jr., 33, of St. Leonard re­ceived a 10-year sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute co­caine, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute co­caine and pos­ses­sion of a firearm with a dis­qual­i­fy­ing con­vic­tion. U.S. Dis­trict Judge Deb­o­rah K. Chasanow also or­dered Jones to for­feit $20,000 in drug pro­ceeds, two cars, two shot­guns and am­mu­ni­tion, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice.

Co-con­spir­a­tor Vin­cent Leo Fletcher, 29, of Clin­ton was also sen­tenced to 10 years in prison af­ter plead­ing guilty to con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute pow­der and crack co­caine, the re­lease states.

Ac­cord­ing to the men’s plea agree­ments, Jones and Fletcher con­spired with three other South­ern Mary­land in­di­vid­u­als from Jan­uary to July 2015 to dis­trib­ute co­caine. These in­di­vid­u­als, who have all pled guilty and await sen­tenc­ing, are Troy Tais­hon Swann, 39, of Wal­dorf, An­toine Dewayne Savoy, 35,

of Lusby and James Devwan Pix­ley, 25, of Wal­dorf.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that Swann was the top dis­trib­u­tor, sell­ing between 1 to 5 ki­los of co­caine in to­tal from Jan­uary to July, based on po­lice sur­veil­lance, recorded phone calls and in­for­mants, ac­cord­ing to his plea agree­ment.

Swann reg­u­larly sold large amounts of co­caine to Fletcher, any­where between 2 to 20 ounces. Specif­i­cally noted in the plea agree­ment, he sold 8 ounces to him on July 15 and an­other 7.5 ounces on July 26. Swann was aware that most of the co­caine that he sold would ul­ti­mately be man­u­fac­tured into crack co­caine, and even as­sisted Fletcher to make the prod­uct dur­ing the July 15 trans­ac­tion.

Fletcher, who bought co­caine from other sup­pli­ers as well, would gen­er­ally sell any­where from 2 ounces to 18 ounces of co­caine at a time, his plea agree­ment states. He also reg­u­larly man­u­fac­tured it into crack at his Clin­ton home and would sell it in both large and small amounts, some­times just a few grams.

Jones ob­tained co­caine from Fletcher and other sources, and reg­u­larly sold between 1 to 4 ounces at a time to many of his cus­tomers sev­eral times a month, the re­lease said.

Gen­er­ally at a rate of $1,700 an ounce, Savoy and Pix­ley pur­chased co­caine from Jones sev­eral times a month in dis­tri­bu­tion quan­ti­ties, between one to four ounces of co­caine in each trans­ac­tion, their plea agree­ments in­di­cate. Savoy and Pix­ley then used at least half of the co­caine to man­u­fac­ture crack which they then sold. Pix­ley also sold crack to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer on at least six dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions, and sold him firearms as well, the plea agree­ment states.

On Aug. 6, of­fi­cers searched Jones’ stash house in Prince Fred­er­ick and seized 100 grams of co­caine and drug pro­cess­ing para­pher­na­lia — which Jones at­tempted to hide in­side an au­dio speaker in the base­ment of the res­i­dence — a 20-gauge shot­gun and 14 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion. A search of Jones’ res­i­dence the same day re­cov­ered a 12-gauge shot­gun, two boxes of am­mu­ni­tion and $22,704 in cash, pro­ceeds of Jones’ drug dis­tri­bu­tion. Jones was pre­vi­ously con­victed of a felony and was pro­hib­ited from pos­sess­ing firearms or am­mu­ni­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, Pix­ley’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing is sched­uled for June 6. Savoy’s sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for June 27 and Swann’s sen­tenc­ing date is July 11.

In the press re­lease, United States At­tor­ney for Mary­land Rod J. Rosen­stein com­mended the Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives; the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion; Prince Ge­orge’s County Po­lice Depart­ment; Mary­land Na­tional Cap­i­tal Park Po­lice, Prince Ge­orge’s County Divi­sion; and the Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert sher­iff’s of­fices for their work in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Rosen­stein also thanked as­sis­tant U.S. at­tor­neys Michael T. Packard and Leah J. Bres­sack, who pros­e­cuted this Or­ga­nized Crime Drug En­force­ment Task Force case.

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