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July 31, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO HARFORD COUNTY DRUG DEALERS SENTENCED
FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Fernando Alexander Settles, age 29, of Abingdon, Maryland to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute both crack and powder cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute powder cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Quarles also sentenced Winston Charles Mack, age 33, of Edgewood, Maryland to 11 1/3 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for the conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana. Settles sentence was enhanced due to a prior felony drug conviction in Harford County.
According to the testimony during their four day trial, Settles and Mack distributed cocaine in Harford County, Maryland from January to March 2008. Both defendants were intercepted on court authorized wiretaps. More than 50 calls were played at their trial. In the calls, coded language was used to describe both the type and quantity of drugs sold by Settles and Mack. In addition to seizing both crack and marijuana from Winston Mack, approximately 1/4 kilo of powder cocaine was seized from Settles, and a kilogram of cocaine was seized from a co-conspirator, Candis Mack, who had traveled from Harford County to New Jersey to purchase the drugs.
Candis Mack, Winston Mack’s sister, age 34, of Joppa, previously pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 135 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, the Harford County Task Force, the Maryland State Police, Cecil County Sheriff’s Department, the Aberdeen and Havre de Grace Police Departments, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration and Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly and his office for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted the case.