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Southern Maryland Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison


Seventeen Co-Defendants Previously Convicted for Drug Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Jonathan Savoy, age 30, of Fort Washington, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Judge Titus ordered that Savoy’s federal sentence is to be served consecutive to the five year sentence recently imposed in state court in Charles County. Judge Titus also found that Savoy is a career offender based on four previous drug convictions.

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; Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey; Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeannine A. Hammett of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.

Jeannine A. Hammett, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation stated, “This is an important victory for the American public a convicted drug dealer is going to jail for his crimes. The role of IRS CI in narcotics investigations is to follow the money so we can financially disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations.”

According to Savoy’s guilty plea, from January 2007, through July 2008, Savoy sold and distributed crack cocaine in Charles County and elsewhere. During the conspiracy, Savoy obtained drugs from Jamohl Swann, which he then sold or provided to others to distribute.

During the conspiracy, Savoy, Swann, and their co-conspirators used cellular telephones to conduct their drug trafficking. During the investigation, law enforcement intercepted thousands of calls to and from several of Swann’s cellular phones. Swann called Savoy and other conspirators and told them when the cocaine and crack cocaine was ready to be picked up. Savoy and other conspirators then met Swann or one of his subordinates, at locations in Prince George’s County and Charles County, and obtained cocaine and crack cocaine from them. For example, on May 19, 2008, agents intercepted a phone call between Swann and Savoy, during which they made arrangements to meet in Prince George’s County for Swann to provide crack cocaine to Savoy. Law enforcement observed the meeting and Swann provided Savoy with crack cocaine.

Based upon the length of the drug trafficking relationship, and evidence gathered during the investigation, the distribution of between 50 and 150 grams of crack cocaine was reasonably foreseeable and within the scope of Savoy’s participation within the conspiracy.

Jamohl Aaron Swann, age 30, of Fort Washington, Maryland, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A total of seventeen co-defendants have pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug conspiracy and 15 have been sentenced to between 84 and 280 months in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Charles County Sheriff’s Office; the IRS-Criminal Investigation; the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; the Prince George’s County Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys James A. Crowell IV and Jonathan Su, who prosecuted the case.


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