Two Charged with Attempting to Buy 10 Kilograms of Cocaine
Montgomery, Alabama - Stanley Parker, 48, of Tuskegee, Alabama and Charles Richard Sistrunk, 68, of Enterprise, Alabama were arrested yesterday for attempting to possess with the intent to distribute 10 kilograms of cocaine powder, announced George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
According to court documents, in late August, 2012, Parker was in Las Cruces, New Mexico to buy cocaine powder. There, he met with an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent, acting as a drug dealer, to purchase the cocaine. The DEA undercover showed Parker 10 kilograms of cocaine. After seeing the 10 kilograms, Parker and the undercover agent agreed to purchase price of $270,000. Parker also arranged for the undercover agent to transport the 10 kilograms of cocaine to Montgomery, Alabama. On September 25, 2012, Parker met with the undercover agent at a hotel in East Montgomery. While in the parking lot of the hotel, Sistrunk arrived with the cash to buy the cocaine. Parker showed the cash to the undercover, and DEA agents moved in to arrest Parker and Sistrunk. If convicted, Parker and Sistrunk face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
“Powder cocaine is often turned into crack cocaine to increase the drug dealer’s profits,” stated U.S. Attorney Beck. “10 kilograms of cocaine powder can be turned into approximately 60,000 hits of crack cocaine to be used by the crack abuser. Crack cocaine is highly addictive and breeds home invasions, car-jackings, assaults, and robberies to pay for this terrible habit. No one is safe until we eliminate drug abuse from our community.”
"The collaborative efforts by DEA Montgomery and DEA Las Cruces in this case sends an undeniable message to drug dealers in the greater Montgomery, Alabama area: Selling drugs in this community will bring an end to your freedom; your illegal activities are not welcomed here," stated Jimmy S. Fox, III, Drug Enforcement Administration, Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Field Division.
This case is being investigated by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Montgomery Police Department, the Montgomery Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Verne Speirs of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama.
A criminal complaint and arrest warrant are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
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