Two Gang Members Found Guilty Of Dealing Cocaine
APR 25 -- (SAN DIEGO) DEA San Diego’s Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) ended its two-month investigation into crack cocaine trafficking in Southeast San Diego on September 11, 2006 with the service of three search warrants and the arrest of four individuals. On Monday, April 23 rd, 2007, two of those arrested heard a jury foreman tell them that their freedom had likewise ended. San Diego residents Andre MOORE and Silvan CHARLES were found guilty in San Diego Superior Court at the conclusion of a jury trial which included testimony regarding crack cocaine sales to an undercover DEA agent, a loaded semi-automatic pistol and negotiations for the sale of ten pounds of crack cocaine for $150,000 cash. Both men were charged with three counts each of possession of cocaine base for sale, two counts each for the sale of cocaine base, one count each of offering cocaine base for sale and one count each of transportation of cocaine base.
The guilty verdicts as to all seven counts could result in a sentence of approximately 11 years for CHARLES while MOORE is potentially facing 88 years to life based upon special circumstances involving more than one kilogram of cocaine base with a prior conviction for sale, the fact that MOORE was out on bail during the commission of these offenses, the allegation of possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug felony, two separate strike priors and four separate prison priors. Sentencing is scheduled for June 8 th.
Both MOORE and CHARLES are documented West Coast Crip gang members. MOORE has been described by several law enforcement sources as a key local figure in this gang whose conviction should send an obvious message. According to DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Alan Poleszak, "Gangs in our cities are simply cells of evil who use drug trafficking as a means to profit. Ruthless drug traffickers endeavor to make money from the sale of poison. DEA, our task force partners, and all law enforcement will continue to employ our combined resources to bring them to justice. People want and deserve a drug free community and we are going to do everything we can to make that a reality”.