Judge Imposes 21-year and 10-year Sentences in Cocaine Distribution Cases
BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge sentenced one Tuscaloosa County man to nearly 22 years in prison and a second to 10 years in prison Wednesday in separate cocaine distribution cases, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins sentenced LAMARCUS DELSHON WEIR, 36, of Duncanville, to 21 years and 10 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack and powder cocaine. Weir pleaded guilty to the charge in April. The judge noted six prior felony convictions in calculating the sentence.
According to Weir’s plea agreement, agents with the U.S. Marshals Task Force found 65.5 grams of crack cocaine and 11.8 grams of powder cocaine at Weir’s residence in September 2010 after they arrived to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
In an unrelated case Wednesday, Judge Hopkins sentenced RODERICK DION CRISPIN, 41, of Tuscaloosa, to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of crack and powder cocaine. Crispin pleaded guilty to the charge in April.
According to his plea agreement, agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force arrested Crispin in August 2010 after executing a search warrant at his 13th Street East residence and finding cocaine, marijuana and five firearms. As part of the plea agreement, Crispin acknowledged possession of 35 grams of crack and seven grams of powder cocaine.
Possession of 28 or more grams of cocaine carries a mandatory 10-year sentence.
The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force in Tuscaloosa and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigated both cases. Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Felton prosecuted the cases.
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