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Betsy C. Jividen

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March 15, 2010


Michigan Resident Sentenced to 21+ Years
Imprisonment on “Crack” Cocaine Charges


WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A Ypsalanti, Michigan, resident was sentenced today (March 15, 2010) in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that: MICHAEL CASSANOVA DYSON was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release. DYSON was convicted on December 4, 2009, after a two and one-half day trial. DYSON was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of “crack” cocaine between January of 2009 to June of 2009 in the Northern District of West Virginia; and one count of distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers in Wheeling on January 10, 2009.

DYSON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.

This trial involved a five-month investigation into “crack” cocaine distribution in the North Wheeling, Wheeling Island, and Woodsdale areas of West Virginia. The distribution involved out-of-state groups with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan, who often utilized local residents to assist in the distribution. DYSON was part of the Detroit group that supplied “crack” cocaine to individuals in Wheeling, mainly operating from an apartment in the 500 block of Market Street and a National Road apartment in Woodsdale. Testimony at trial revealed hundreds of transactions dating back to 2008. The Court found that DYSON was involved in the distribution of 3.6 kilograms of crack cocaine.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Task Force consists of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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