Richmond Man Sentenced 20 Years for Trafficking Cocaine, Heroin, and Marijuana
RICHMOND, Va. - Caldon Minor, 32, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the final sentencing today by Senior United States District Judge Robert E. Payne.
The Court found that Minor and his co-conspirator, Jermaine Brown, had been trafficking illegal controlled substances, including crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana, for a number of years. In addition, in November 2007, North Carolina State Troopers stopped Minor and Brown on Interstate 85 near Winston-Salem, N.C. At the time, the officers seized $162,773 in United States currency from their car. In February 2008, Minor and Brown were stopped by the Durham Police on Interstate 85 in Durham, North Carolina. On that occasion the pair had $222,450 in United States currency in the car. As this money was the proceeds of the illegal distribution of drugs, it was converted into an equivalent quantity of drugs, 12.8 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, for purposes of determining the amount of drug weight for which Minor would be held responsible at sentencing. Minor was ultimately held responsible for the distribution of over 12 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, over 900 grams of crack cocaine, 112 grams of heroin and 469 grams of marijuana. Minor’s sentence was also enhanced because of the presence of firearms during the drug-trafficking activity.
Brown is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Payne on March 17.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Richmond Police Department, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Olivia N. Hawkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.