Drug Dealer Sentenced To 25 Years
PHILADELPHIA - Jean Joseph, a/k/a “Shaka,” 33, of Reading, PA, was sentenced today to 300 months in prison for distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. Joseph was convicted at trial in November 2011.
At the time of the crimes (October 2009 through January 2010), the defendant had been convicted six times for felony drug trafficking. A detective with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office made an undercover buy of .46 grams of cocaine base from Joseph on October 14, 2009. When Joseph was arrested January 12, 2010, detectives recovered 50 more packets from him containing an estimated 8.3 grams of cocaine base. During a search of Joseph’s resident, detectives recovered a Beretta model 96D .40 caliber pistol with one magazine containing nine live .40 caliber rounds; an estimate 8 grams of cocaine basel; a digital scale; and a black pouch containing clear and pink plastic packaging material, paraphernalia, tweezers, and a razor blade.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel ordered five years supervised release.
The case was investigated by the office of Immigration Customs and Enforcement Department of Homeland Security and the Berks County District Attorney’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria M. Carrillo.
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