Authorities prosecute members of So. Md. drug trafficking conspiracy
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.