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FEBRUARY 2, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW JERSEY MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR
POSSESSING COCAINE WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE
Baltimore, Maryland - James Fairly, age 33 of Newark, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, a Maryland State Trooper stopped Fairly’s vehicle in Cecil County for an equipment violation on October 13, 2005. Suspicious that Fairly might be transporting contraband, the trooper searched the vehicle and recovered seven kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over $700,000, from a custom-built compartment in the rear floor of the van. Upon his arrest, Fairly admitted that he was to be paid $1000 per kilogram for delivering the drugs to a location in Maryland.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Maryland State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney John F. Purcell, Jr., who prosecuted the case.