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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Final Defendant In Detroit Drug Conspiracy Case Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Term

The final defendant in a Detroit narcotics conspiracy was sentenced today to almost ten years in prison, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge David McCain, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Detroit Field Division.

Chief United States District Judge Gerald E. Rosen sentenced Tyrone Wooten, 26, of Detroit, to 114 months in prison. Wooten pleaded guilty in September to Conspiracy To Distribute Controlled Substances. Wooten was charged as one of the co-leaders of the drug conspiracy. The indictment charged seven defendants with participating in the conspiracy to distribute at least 280 grams of crack cocaine and more than a kilogram of heroin.

During the investigation, a search warrant at a Detroit home uncovered 79 grams of crack cocaine and 15 grams of heroin, along with packaging materials and other narcotics paraphernalia.

In addition to Wooten, each of the charged defendants pleaded guilty to narcotics charges and were sentenced as follows; Stefan Toliver, 100 months; George Wooten: 60 months; Rashawn Marcel Jones: 180 months; Ryan Terrel Jones: 49 months; Jabron Poydras: 32 months and Maurice Curry: 168 months.

“We are focusing our drug enforcement efforts on drug trafficking organizations, which can lead to violence in our neighborhoods,” McQuade said. “We hope that prosecutions like this one can improve public safety for residents in our community.”

U.S. Attorney McQuade thanked the ATF for their work in the successful investigation of the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Susan Gillooly.

Updated March 19, 2015