Harford County Drug Dealer Sentenced to over 11 Years

May 27, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., sentenced Candis Mack, age 34, of Joppa, Maryland to 135 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to her plea agreement, as part of an investigation into drug dealing in Harford County, investigators learned on February 12, 2008, that Candis Mack would be traveling to New Jersey to meet a source of supply and acquire cocaine. Based on that information, investigators were able to observe Candis Mack as she traveled from her residence in Joppa to Newark, New Jersey. As Mack drove back to Maryland from Newark, New Jersey, Maryland State Police performed a traffic stop and a K-9 gave a positive alert to her car for the presence of drugs. A search recovered approximately 1 kilogram of cocaine underneath the center console of the vehicle and $2,600 in Candis Mack’s jacket. Mack was arrested and later released after posting bond. Upon release, Candis Mack continued to conduct narcotics transactions involving both powder and crack cocaine. On February 19, 2008, text messages were intercepted between Mack and two individuals in which they discussed prices and weights of drugs and requested that Mack supply them with drugs. At least one of these individuals was observed meeting with the Mack after the exchange of text messages. On March 4, 2008, law enforcement learned that another individual had contacted Mack to buy drugs. Mack agreed to meet the individual in a shopping plaza in Bel Air, Maryland. Detectives observed the meeting and drug exchange and later stopped the other individual’ s vehicle, recovering almost 44 grams of powder and crack cocaine. The next day a search warrant was executed at Mack’s residence, which recovered 3 digital scales, almost $2,200 and talley sheets.

On April 10, 2009, a jury convicted co-defendants Fernando Alexander Settles, age 28, of Abingdon, Maryland, and Candis Mack’s brother, Winston Charles Mack, age 33, of Edgewood, of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute both crack and powder cocaine; convicted Settles of possession with intent to distribute powder cocaine; and Winston Mack of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana. The defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison at their sentencing on July 31 2009 at 9:30 and 10:30 am.

Two other defendants, Tanya Valencia Mack and Derrick Lamont Prather, are fugitives.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, the Harford County Task Force, the Maryland State Police, 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.



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