Man sen­tenced in fed­eral court for drug traf­fick­ing

One of five in­dicted for co­caine dis­tri­bu­tion ring

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A Wal­dorf man was sen­tenced in U.S. Dis­trict Court to 10 years in prison on Tues­day for his in­volve­ment in a South­ern Mary­land drug dis­tri­bu­tion ring.

James Devwan Pix­ley, 26, was also or­dered by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Deb­o­rah K. Chasanow to for­feit six firearms, a car and a trailer.

Pix­ley was one of five men who were in­dicted and ul­ti­mately pled guilty for dis­tribut­ing co­caine af­ter a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2015.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Pix­ley was re­spon­si­ble for the dis­tri­bu­tion of be­tween 500 grams and 5 kilo­grams of co­caine, and be­tween 280 and 840 grams of crack co­caine,” states a press re­lease from the U.S. At­tor­neys Of­fice.

Gen­er­ally at a rate of $1,700 an ounce, Pix­ley pur­chased co­caine from co-con­spir­a­tor Col­bert Juan Jones, Jr. sev­eral times a month in dis­tri­bu­tion quan­ti­ties, be­tween 1 to 4 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.

When po­lice raided Pix­ley’s house in Au­gust 2015, in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cov­ered sev­eral firearms, in­clud­ing a 12-gauge shot­gun, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Co-de­fen­dants Jones, 33, of St. Leonard and Vin­cent Leo Fletcher, 29, of Clin­ton have both been sen­tenced to 10 years as well.

An­tonie De­wayne Savoy, 35, of Lusby and Troy Tais­hon Swann, 39, of Wal­dorf await sen­tenc­ing hear­ings sched­uled for June 27 and July 11, re­spec­tively.

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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