Harford County Drug Dealers Convicted

April 14, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal jury convicted Fernando Alexander Settles, age 27, of Abingdon, Maryland, and Winston Charles Mack, age 33, of Edgewood, on Friday, April 10, 2009, of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute both crack and powder cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. In addition, the jury convicted Settles of possession with intent to distribute powder cocaine, and Winston Mack of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana.

According to the testimony during their four day trial, from January to March 2008, Settles and Mack distributed both powder and crack cocaine in Harford County, Maryland. 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.

The defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., has scheduled sentencing for July 31 2009 at 9:30 and 10:30 am.

Co-conspirator Candis Mack, Winston’s sister, age 34, of Joppa, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute both powder and crack cocaine and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. 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 is prosecuting the case.



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