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Member Of The Jenifer Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Andre Brewer, age 36, of Jessup, Maryland, today to 13 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute cocaine.  Judge Bennett entered an order requiring Brewer to forfeit the proceeds of the drug trafficking, including: cash; five vehicles, including a 2014 Mercedes Benz valued at $100,000; jewelry valued at over $62,000; several bank accounts; and property in Baltimore.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Special Agent in Charge Thomas Jankowski of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office; Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement and court documents, from September 2012 until his arrest in October 2014, Kedrick Jenifer was the head of a drug organization (Jenifer DTO) that transported cocaine and cash between Baltimore and Houston, Texas.  Brewer assisted Jenifer with the DTO’s operations, including the distribution of cocaine to the organization’s customers.  The Jenifer DTO obtained its cocaine from sources of supply in and around Houston. The Jenifer DTO would hide money in secret compartments in “courier vehicles” that were transported from Baltimore to Houston.  The cocaine was then transported from Houston to Baltimore hidden in the courier vehicles.

In September 2012, Texas State Police stopped a courier vehicle in Chambers County, Texas.  Law enforcement officers discovered approximately 30 kilograms of cocaine hidden in secret compartments within the vehicle. In July 2013, a courier vehicle for the Jenifer DTO loaded on a car-carrier was intercepted in Arkansas.  The vehicle contained approximately 23 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment, and was destined for Brewer’s residence.

Between August 2013 and October 2014, approximately 30 shipments of cocaine concealed in secret compartments in the courier vehicles were made to the Jenifer DTO.  During this time, Brewer was seen meeting with Jenifer and providing Jenifer with money to buy cocaine. Brewer was also seen with the Jenifer DTO’s courier vehicles before and after “drug runs” between Baltimore and Houston, receiving kilogram-quantities of cocaine after the courier vehicles, loaded with cocaine, returned from Houston.  Investigating agents also saw the courier vehicles parked at the apartment complex where Brewer resided.

During intercepted phone calls between Jenifer and Brewer, Brewer discussed his purchase of a 2014 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG, a vehicle valued at approximately $100,000.  Brewer indicated that the sales application for the vehicle requested his job information, and he told Jenifer that he did not know how to respond.  Wage and earning records, as well as tax records, indicated no legitimate income for Brewer.   

Brewer admitted that he was responsible for the distribution of at least 450 kilograms of cocaine between August 2013 and October 2014.

Kedrick Arnold Jenifer, a/k/a “Ricky Jenifer,” “James Howard Collier, Jr.” and “Rick,” age 44, of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4, 2016.  Eight other co-conspirators have pleaded guilty.  Brooke Renee Lunn, a/k/a “Brooke Thomas” and “Brooke Renee,” age 49; William Hegie, age 55; Kermit Clark, age 45; and Elroy Johnson, age 49, all of Baltimore; and Tyrone Allen, age 44, of Bowie, Maryland, and Thomas Simmons, age 38, of Hampton, Virginia, were sentenced to between 10 and 16 years in prison.  The other three defendants are awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, IRS Criminal Investigation and Baltimore City and County Police Departments for their work in the investigation, and expressed his appreciation to the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of Texas and the Southern District of New York for their assistance.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney John W. Sippel, Jr. and Special Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Hoff, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Updated January 27, 2016

Topic
Drug Trafficking