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Hagerstown Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, sentenced Jokari Lee Barnett, age 32, of Hagerstown, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute crack 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; Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore; Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith; Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong, Jr.

According to Barnett’s guilty plea, from 2008 through April 2009, Barnett obtained crack and powder cocaine from suppliers and sold the drugs to his own customers, some of whom then sold the drugs to others. During April and May 2008, DEA and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force worked with a source to make controlled purchases of crack cocaine from associates of Barnett. On May 16, 2008, the source contacted Barnett to see whether an associate of Barnett’s would provide crack cocaine. Barnett made arrangements for the associate to bring more than 50 grams of crack cocaine to the source. From September to October 2008, Barnett was overheard engaging in and planning drug transactions with other conspirators and making arrangements to obtain cocaine and crack cocaine from his own suppliers. On September 15, 2008, in response to a customer’s request for three ounces of crack cocaine, Barnett met a supplier in the supplier’s car in the street near Barnett’s home. Law enforcement officers watched the meeting, then detained Barnett and the supplier. A search of the supplier’s vehicle recovered approximately 90 grams of crack cocaine (approximately three ounces).

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Narcotics Task Force, Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police and the Washington County State’s Attorney’s office, with assistance from the West Virginia State Police, for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Michael C. Hanlon and Bryan Giblin, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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