Lit­tle Rock man gets 10 years

32-year-old ran large drug ring out of car deal­er­ship

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - LINDA SATTER

A Lit­tle Rock man who ran a large co­caine and mar­i­juana ring out of his used-car deal­er­ship in Lit­tle Rock was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to just over 10 years in fed­eral prison.

Be­fore be­ing sen­tenced on a charge of con­spir­ing to pos­sess and dis­trib­ute co­caine, to which he pleaded guilty in Novem­ber, Fred­die Eu­gene Brew­ster, 32, told a fed­eral judge his in­dict­ment in Septem­ber 2014 “was sort of a bless­ing for me, be­cause it sent me to Ma­son, Tenn., where I found God and he found me.”

Brew­ster, who op­er­ated Brew­ster’s Used Auto & De­tail just off Univer­sity Av­enue, was re­fer­ring to a de­ten­tion cen­ter for fed­eral in­mates.

He ad­mit­ted that dur­ing 2013 and 2014, he headed the Arkansas por­tion of a drug-traf­fick­ing ring that dis­trib­uted large quan­ti­ties of illegal drugs from Mex­i­can car­tels into cen­tral Arkansas.

Brew­ster told U.S. Dis­trict Judge Leon Holmes he is “very, very re­morse­ful,” and apol­o­gized to the court and to his fam­ily.

Brew­ster was in­dicted along­side 24 other peo­ple in three states in­clud­ing his wife, Christina Brew­ster, and his mother, Linda Brew­ster. The 62- count in­dict­ment was su­per­seded Nov. 4, 2015, when more names and metham­phetamine dis­tri­bu­tion al­le­ga­tions were added, though As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Chris Givens told the judge Brew­ster wasn’t in­volved with metham­phetamine.

Most of the peo­ple charged in the case have pleaded guilty, but Cristina Pi­cazo, re­mains a fugi­tive. As the leader of the Arkansas traffickers, Brew­ster faced a manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence of 10 years in prison, and as long as life in prison. Fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines rec­om­mended a range of 121 months (10 years and one month) to 151 months (12½ years) in prison.

De­fense at­tor­ney Blake Hen­drix asked Holmes to sen­tence Brew­ster to the statu­tory min­i­mum, ar­gu­ing that some of the peo­ple Brew­ster sup­plied had other sup­pli­ers as well, and cit­ing nu­mer­ous let­ters writ­ten to the court on Brew­ster’s be­half seek­ing le­niency.

“Mr. Brew­ster has done ev­ery­thing imag­in­able to make this bad sit­u­a­tion right,” Hen­drix said, not­ing when Holmes al­lowed Brew­ster’s pre­trial re­lease twice, once to at­tend a fu­neral and once to be treated for a den­tal emer­gency, he showed he can abide by the rules of the court and so­ci­ety.

Hen­drix also said Brew­ster has en­rolled in an on­line col­lege, has “ded­i­cated him­self” to a prison min­istry and has taken ad­van­tage of all drug pro­grams avail­able to him dur­ing his in­car­cer­a­tion.

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