Au­thor­i­ties pros­e­cute mem­bers of South­ern Mary­land drug traf­fick­ing con­spir­acy

The Enquire-Gazette - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

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.

Col­bert Juan Jones Jr., 33, of St. Leonard re­ceived the 10-year sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute co­caine, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute co­caine and be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm. U.S. District Judge Deb­o­rah K. Chasanow also gave Jones four years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion and is­sued an or- der re­quir­ing 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. He was fur­ther given five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

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 are also be­ing pros­e­cuted, are Troy Tais­hon Swann, 39, of Wal­dorf, An­toine De­wayne Savoy, 35, of Lusby and James Devwan Pix­ley, 25, of Wal­dorf.

Jones ob­tained co­caine from Fletcher and other sources, and Fletcher ob­tained two to 20 ounces of co­caine sev­eral times a month from Swann and other sup­pli­ers, the re­lease al­leges. Fletcher dis­trib­uted co­caine to his cus­tomers for fur­ther dis­tri­bu­tion and used some of the pow­der co­caine to man­u­fac­ture crack co­caine, which he also dis­trib­uted.

Jones sold co­caine to his cus­tomers, which al­legedly in­cluded Savoy and Pix­ley. The press re­lease also states Jones used a Prince Fred­er­ick res­i­dence as his stash house. Savoy and Pix­ley al­legedly pur­chased co­caine from Jones sev­eral times a month and used at least half of this co­caine to man­u­fac­ture crack co­caine, which they sold.

On Aug. 6, a search of Jones’ stash house in Prince Fred­er­ick re­sulted in of­fi­cers find­ing 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.

Swann, Savoy and Pix­ley pled guilty to their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the drug traf­fick­ing con­spir­acy, the re­lease states. Pix­ley ad­mit­ted to pos­sess­ing a firearm in fur­ther­ance of a drug traf­fick­ing crime and Swann ad­mit­ted to be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion.

Chasanow sched­uled Pix­ley’s sen­tenc­ing 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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