Richmond Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 17 1/2 years
RICHMOND, Va., - Jermaine Antwan Brown, age 30, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced today to 17 ½ years of imprisonment 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 Brown and his coconspirator, Caldon Minor, 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 Brown and Minor on Interstate 85 near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At the time, the officers seized $162,773 in United States currency from their car. In February 2008, Brown and Minor 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 Brown would be held responsible at sentencing. Brown was ultimately sentenced as a career offender. The Court found that Brown had trafficked significant quantities of cocaine hydrochloride, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana and had possessed a firearm during the drug-trafficking activity.
Last week, Judge Payne sentenced Minor to 20 years’ imprisonment for his role in the drug trafficking.
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.