Cocaine and Heroin Courier Is Sentenced to over 12 Years in Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Cecil Jeter, Sr., age 47, of Baltimore, to 151 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine and one kilogram or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett enhanced Jeter’s sentence upon finding that he was a career criminal, based on four previous convictions for assault and robbery.
According to his guilty plea, beginning in or about 2001 and continuing through February of 2008, Derrick Gilliard ran a conspiracy to import large quantities of heroin and cocaine into the United States from Barbados, Dominica and elsewhere. Once successfully imported into the United States, Gilliard distributed the drugs to customers in Baltimore and New York City. During the course of the conspiracy, dozens of couriers, including Cecil Jeter, Sr., were utilized, with many couriers making multiple trips over the course of the conspiracy. On at least three occasions between October, 2005 and February 2007, Jeter admits that he transported currency to Barbados and Dominica and returned from the islands with between three and four kilograms of heroin or cocaine taped to his body. Jeter admitted that over the course of the conspiracy he was responsible for the importation of between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine or its equivalent in heroin.
On February 20, 2009, Judge Bennett sentenced Derrick Gilliard, a/k/a “Prince,” age 45, of Baltimore, to 25 years in prison for conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine and one kilogram or more of heroin. Eight other defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case and commended Assistant United States Attorney James G. Warwick, who prosecuted the case.