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RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA COCAIN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED IN WEST MICHIGAN TO 35 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 05, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced that on March 31, 2011, Emond Durea Logan, 50, of Riverside, California, was sentenced to 35 years in prison following his September 13, 2010, plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the Western District of Michigan and elsewhere. The sentence was imposed by Chief U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Beginning in the summer of 2004 and continuing through January 27, 2007, Logan and his brother-in-law, Alvin Keith Jackson, delivered more than 1,000 kilograms (more than a ton) of cocaine from the State of California to the State of Michigan, and returned to California with more than $35 million in drug proceeds. A significant portion of this cocaine was then
distributed by a violent street gang called AHH DEE AHH that operated in the greater Lansing, Michigan, area from 2001 through 2006. Alvin Keith Jackson, 44, of Corona, California, pled guilty to the same cocaine conspiracy charge in 2009 and was sentenced to 19 years, 7 months in federal prison. Jackson also agreed to forfeit more than $734,000 of his assets obtained through his interstate drug trafficking with Logan. As part of his plea agreement, Logan also agreed to the criminal forfeiture of his assets, which included his residence in Riverside, California, bank accounts, expensive jewelry and furs, and several motor vehicles, including a 2007 Maserati Quattroporte, a 2007 Mercedes Benz SL 500R, and the semi-tractor trailer he used to transport the cocaine and drug proceeds across the United States.

At Logan’s sentencing hearing, Chief Judge Maloney found that Logan had stolen drug proceeds from Jackson in 2006, and was involved in the attempted robbery of more than $1 million in drug proceeds from Jackson on January 27, 2007, during which Jackson was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant. Chief Judge Maloney also found that Logan attempted to obstruct justice by making threats against the federal prosecutor and Jackson.

The prosecution of Logan and others is part of “Operation Holiday Express,” an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Lansing, Michigan, Police Department. ATF and the Lansing Police Department were assisted by LA Impact, a multijurisdiction drug interdiction team operating in the greater Los Angeles area, the Great Lakes Regional OCDETF Office in Chicago, Illinois, and analysts from the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Since 2005, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Michigan has successfully prosecuted 27 members and associates of AHH DEE AHH, including its Detroitbased leaders, Jamokentayette Curtis Hampton and Damond Dshan Bean, and its New York/New Jersey-based heroin supplier, Daniel Hankinson. In 2007, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell sentenced Hampton to 29 years in prison, Bean to 22 years, and Hankinson to 15 years in prison.

Investigators from ATF and the Lansing Police Department followed the cocaine and money trails back to Detroit, the Central District of California, and the State of Nevada, which resulted in the indictment of another 27 defendants in the Western District of Michigan.

On October 29, 2010, Chief Judge Maloney sentenced co-defendant Charles Jackson, Sr., 47, of Los Angeles, California, to life in prison for his role in the cocaine and money laundering conspiracies charged in this case. Another defendant, Samuel Collins, 47, of Los Angeles, California, is a fugitive and remains at large. Trial for the remaining defendants is scheduled to commence in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on April 26, 2011.

U.S. Attorney Davis, ATF Special Agent-In-Charge Thomas Brandon, and Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski noted that the successful prosecution of Logan and others in this case is a testament to the positive law enforcement partnerships between local, state, and federal agencies in West Michigan. The Operation Holiday Express cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Lennon.


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