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Two Aliquippa Men Sentenced To Prison For Drug Distribution

April 15, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 15, 2010, that Rhett Damar Spears and Travon Dawkins a/k/a Wild Bill, both residents of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, have been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh on their convictions for violating federal narcotics laws.  Spears was sentenced to 324 months (27 years) imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.  Dawkins was sentenced to 60 months (five years) imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch imposed the sentences on Spears, age 26, and Dawkins, age 23.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle, on February 23, 2006, Dawkins possessed with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine.  Additionally, from in or around 2003 and continuing thereafter to on or about December 3, 2008, Spears conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. Spears acknowledged his responsibility for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 15 kilograms of cocaine and 5 kilograms of crack cocaine.

Spears and 12 co‑conspirators were indicted in December of 2008 and charged in a 35‑count with violating federal narcotics laws.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) comprised of members drawn from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Beaver County District Attorney's Office Anti‑Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Internal Revenue Service ‑ Criminal Investigation Division, the Aliquippa Police Department, the Hopewell Police Department, and the New Brighton Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecutions of Spears and Dawkins. The OCDETF investigation was code named "Operation Enough is Enough."

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