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December 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAMBRIDGE COCAINE DEALER EXILED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON IN CONNECTION WITH A BALTIMORE AND EASTERN SHORE DRUG CONSPIRACY
Was Dealing Drugs Less Than a Month After his Release From Prison for a
Previous Federal Drug Conviction
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Clevon “Ty” Johnson, age 38, of Cambridge, Maryland, today to 11 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, after Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and to violating his supervised release in connection with a previous federal drug conviction.
Johnson was released from federal prison in December 2010, after his sentence for an earlier conviction for dealing crack cocaine was reduced. He returned to the community under the supervision of a federal probation officer. Within one month, Mr. Johnson was back in the business of dealing cocaine.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; Dorchester County Sheriff James W. Phillips, Jr.; Dorchester County State’s Attorney William H. Jones and the other members of the Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force.
“Mr. Johnson did not learn the first time he went to prison for a drug conviction that crime does not pay. Now Mr. Johnson will spend eleven more years in prison for drug trafficking,” stated Ava Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated by our law enforcement community,” added Cooper-Davis.
According to Johnson’s plea agreement, from January to June 30, 2011, he participated in a drug conspiracy with Will Evans, Clifford “P” Andrews, Michael Hill and others. The conspirators distributed cocaine among themselves and to others. On June 30, 2011, a search warrant was executed at a residence on Tidewater Drive in Cambridge, maintained by Johnson. Law enforcement recovered approximately 10 kilogram bricks of cocaine, one loose kilogram of cocaine, almost 1/4 kilo of crack cocaine, other drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging material. That same day, a search warrant was executed at a store operated by Evans in the 4400 block of Kavon Avenue in Baltimore, and law enforcement recovered plastic bags of cutting agents and plastic bags with narcotics residue.
Johnson admitted that during the time of the conspiracy he was responsible for distributing between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine.
Michael Hill, age 42, of Owings Mills, Maryland, Will Evans and Clifford Andrews, both age 37, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Judge Quarles has scheduled sentencing for Evans on January 26, 2012, for Hill on February 2, 2012, and for Andrews on February 14, 2012.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, FBI, Baltimore Police Department, Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force, led by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and Dorchester County State’s Attorney for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys James T. Wallner and Peter M. Nothstein, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.