Two Oakland Men Sentenced To 21 Months For Selling Crack Near Elementary School
OAKLAND – Adell Burrell and Antwon Graham were sentenced on October 3 and October 16, respectively, each to 21 months in prison, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a school, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
Burrell pleaded guilty on June 12, and Graham pleaded guilty on June 27, 2013. Both offenses occurred at a location on Sycamore Street in Oakland, which is within 1,000 feet of the St. Andrew’s Baptist Missionary Elementary School and Kindergarten. Burrell admitted at his change of plea hearing, that on November 5, 2012, he possessed 6.7 grams of cocaine base with the intent to distribute it to others. Graham admitted in a plea agreement, that on November 2, 2012, he knowingly sold 0.34 grams of cocaine base for $20.00.
Burrell, 26, and Graham, 24, both of Oakland, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on March 21, 2013.
Burrell’s sentence was handed down by The Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, U.S. District Court Judge, following a guilty plea to one count of violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 860(a) and 841(a)(1). Graham’s sentence was handed down by The Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Court Judge, following a guilty plea to one count of violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 860(a) and 841(a)(1). Both defendants were also sentenced to six years of supervised release following their time in custody. Burrell and Graham were prosecuted as part of Operation Safe Schools, an ongoing series of cases spearheaded by the U.S. Attorney’s Office targeting drug trafficking near schools in high-crime areas.
Burrell has been in custody since June 13, and Graham has been in custody since May 1, 2013.