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Detroit Man Sentenced To 210 Months For Narcotics And Weapons Offenses

June 7, 2012

Cromwell Bost, 36 of Detroit, was sentenced yesterday to 210 months in federal prison after having been convicted on drugs and weapons charges, announced U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by David McCain, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Detroit.

The facts supporting his conviction established that Cromwell Bost sold crack cocaine and heroin to an undercover ATF Agent several times from mid-2010 through February 2011, while living in the Smith Homes Housing Projects in Detroit. In a recorded phone call with an undercover agent in 2010, Bost not only touted the benefits of selling heroin over selling crack due to its greater profitability, but he also offered to teach the undercover agent how to cut and distribute heroin. Bost went on to sell crack and heroin to the undercover agent on four separate occasions.

However, prior to a fifth and final planned meeting with the undercover agent, Bost called and expressed concern about vehicles in the parking lot where the transaction was set to occur. When he arrived, Bost attempted to elude detection, but his car was boxed in by agents. Bost accelerated in reverse, nearly striking assisting federal agents and drawing gunfire from the agents as a result. Finally, Bost’s car got stuck in a snow bank and fled the scene on foot, only to be apprehended by agents a short distance away. A search of the Bost’s vehicle lead to the discovery of a loaded pistol, and packages containing crack cocaine and heroin. At the time of his arrest, Bost had eight prior convictions for various felony weapons and assaultive offenses.

Following a jury trial in December of 2011, Bost was convicted of four counts of distribution of controlled substances (cocaine and heroin) and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. He was sentenced to 210 months (17 ½ years) in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release by Judge Gerald E. Rosen

U.S. Attorney McQuade stated, “We are using federal charges to remove the most serious offenders from our streets. Defendants like this one, with eight prior felony convictions, have no business possessing a gun.

McQuade also recognized and applauded the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Detroit Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeanine Brunson and John O’Brien of the office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit prosecuted the case for the United States.



















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