Ninth Defendant Sentenced To Prison In "Operation See Change"
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Nine men have now been sentenced to federal prison in connection with Operation See Change, a six-month undercover investigation targeting street-level drug distribution along Tallahassee’s Alabama Street corridor.
On Tuesday, Esaias Jyjuan Tucker, 24, of Tallahassee, was sentenced to 240 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine. Tucker was the source of supply for a substantial quantity of the drugs being distributed in the Alabama Street corridor.
Those sentenced in Operation See Change include:
Eddie Jerome Boyd, 44, was sentenced to 262 months;
Antwan Santez Bullard, 27, was sentenced to 188 months;
Danny Ray Crittenden, Jr., 27, was sentenced to 188 months;
Deonte Deangelo Hill, 19, was sentenced to 15 months;
Tommy Clarence Jackson, 54, was sentenced to 192 months;
Willie Powell, 23, was sentenced to 96 months;
Marquiz Donnell Rollins, 32, was sentenced to 10 months; and
Denson Jacarrus Washington, 24, was sentenced to 188 months.
Jackson’s 192-month prison term also included sentences for possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm while a convicted felon.
The United States Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement initiated Operation See Change in July 2011. Relying on current crime data and statistics, Operation See Change focused on the city’s most violent and active open-air drug market in the Alabama Street-Griffin Heights area. Working undercover, detectives from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department worked with federal agents to make strong cases against drug dealers – many of whom had long criminal histories of violence and drug trafficking crimes.
In announcing the sentence, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Pamela C. Marsh, stated: “Attacking violent crime and making our communities safer is one of Attorney General Holder’s highest priorities for the Department of Justice, nationwide.
Operation See Change was our local initiative aimed at reducing violent crime here in Tallahassee. Taking such violent felons out of our communities for a significant period of time should send a message of deterrence to others who might be attracted to the gang lifestyle and culture. Both state and federal laws give us strong enforcement tools that we will not hesitate to use.” U.S. Attorney Marsh also expressed her grateful appreciation for the work and partnership of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose joint investigation led to the convictions in these cases.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Coody.