Philadelphia Drug Dealing Duo Convicted
PHILADELPHIA - A federal jury today convicted Jaquel Crews, 41, of Philadelphia and Mark Miller, 44, of Philadelphia on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges. The two were indicted with four other individuals on charges of participating in a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of grams of cocaine base from 1986 to November 2007, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Crews was convicted of 10 counts of money laundering, Miller was convicted of seven counts of money laundering, and both defendants were convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and distribution of 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”).
Evidence at trial showed the defendants laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds by spending lavishly on items such as 76ers season tickets, a Mercedes, furs, a $30,000 home stereo system (for Crews) and through the purchase and refinance of numerous homes in the Frankford area.
Crews faces a mandatory minimum 20 years up to life in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 19, 2012 before U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova. Miller faces a mandatory 10 years up to life in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 21, 2012.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, and the Philadelphia Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney K.T. Newton and James Pavlock.
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