Authorities prosecute members of Southern Maryland 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.
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.